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Pencil sculptures: miniature masterpieces carved into graphite by Dalton Ghetti











Dalton Ghetti makes sculptures out of pencils, including a tiny saw and a pencil whose center has been carved into a chain, which is framed





Dalton, who is originally from Brazil, has a box full of more than 100 sculptures that have broken while working on them that he affectionately calls 'the cemetery collection'. He said: "I have quite a few broken pieces so I decided to glue them on pins and into Styrofoam for a display case. People might think it's weird I keep them but they're still interesting. I worked on them for months so they might be dead now but at one point I gave them life"



Dalton has made about 100 carvings, and is currently working on an epic piece inspired by the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He said: "I decided to make a teardrop pencil carving for each of the people who died in the attack, about 3,000. Since 2002 I have carved one every day, it takes me under an hour. When I'm done they will form one big tear drop. It will take me about 10 years but it will be worth it"



Two interlocking hearts, carved from one pencil







Dalton uses three basic tools to make his incredible creations - a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife. He even refuses to use a magnifying glass and has never sold any of his work, only given it away to friends. He said: "I use the sewing needle to make holes or dig into the graphite. I scratch and create lines and turn the graphite around slowly in my hand"





Many artists have used pencils to create works of art - but Dalton Ghetti creates miniature masterpieces on the tips of pencils The alphabet, all carved from 26 pencil tips









The longest Dalton has spent on one piece was two and half years on a pencil with interlinking chains. A standard figure will take several months. He said: "The interlinking chains took the most effort and I was really pleased with it because it's so intricate people think it must be two pencils"



Dalton, who works as a carpenter, has been making his tiny graphite works for about 25 years

A sculpture of Elvis Presley wearing shades, carved from a single pencil













When Dalton, from Connecticut, USA, first started he would become frustrated when a piece would break before being finished after he had spent months working on it. He said: "It would drive me mad when I would be just a bit too heavy handed and the pencil's tip would break. I would get very nervous sometimes, particularly when the piece was almost finished, and then I would make a mistake. I decided to change the way I thought about the work - when I started a new piece my attitude would be 'well this will break eventually but let's see how far I get. It helped me break fewer pencils, and although I still do break them, it's not as often"



A tiny key hangs from a ring
 

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"I don't make any money from it but that's not what it's about for me. However, I would love for a gallery owner in England to fly me over to put on a show," he said



Dalton hollowed out the centre of the wood, then carved the central column of graphite to create this hanging, linked heart







The 49 year old said: "At school I would carve a friend's name into the wood of a pencil and then give it to them as a present. Later, when I got into sculpture, I would make these huge pieces from things like wood, but decided I wanted to challenge myself by trying to make things as small as possible. I experimented sculpting with different materials, such as chalk, but one day I had an eureka moment and decided to carve into the graphite of a pencil"



A tiny saw, using both the wood and graphite of a single pencil















 

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Wierdos are often blessings normies take for granted, or, even worse, denigrate and ridicule.
 

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Two and a half years making a pencil with connecting chain... That's dedication. I can't even sit through a tv show without changing the channel from time to time to see if anything else interesting is on.
 

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Respecting a man for his passions comes easy for me. This floats his boat and gives him the much needed feeling of achievement he enjoys. I could never do it but I do applauded his artistic abilities and sure wish I had his dedication and steady hands and eyes.

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Respecting a man for his passions comes easy for me. This floats his boat and gives him the much needed feeling of achievement he enjoys. I could never do it but I do applauded his artistic abilities and sure wish I had his dedication and steady hands and eyes.

GaryL

+1! Such talent!
 

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There is NEVER anything else interesting on.
Yeah, it has actually been a while since I've had cable. I actually haven't channel surfed in quite some time:confused2:. Wait, I take that back:bs:. I spent some time in a hospital a month ago:sad4: and WOW I am blessed for not watching that much tv any more:brave:. For my watching interests, I switched over to streaming (Roku) with Hulu and Netflix:spam1::happy1:. I save about $100/month :thefinger:and watch stuff I want, when I want to:clock:. Commercials seem to be a little less in frequency/length too (not to mention missing out on all the pharmaceutical commercials telling me I'm not good enough without their product:crybaby2:).

My dad got the Roku for me and I thought I'd give it a spin :unsure:(about 2 years ago) and within weeks, cut the cable ('cept fer internet of course). If I had free cable, I'd still stick with streaming my shows. I'm not a salesman nor do I have anything to do with Roku or any of the "streaming" devices but unless you're into watching sports; it is the future.

Back to the pencil art... Petrus, where did you hear about this guy's pencil art? News I'm guessing (must've been a slow day:evil6:). The pencil artist is probably getting offers for his work now. He should start selling it :greedy_dollars:'cause it has to be murder on the eyeballs using a magnifying glass for that extended period of time. Not to mention his eyesight will suffer:wacko: with old age along with other maladies from working with graphite dust. Maybe if he watched a little more tv, he'd see a new drug to deal with his obsessive/compulsive behavior. Now to read back through and pepper this with some emoticons.
 

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I grew up with a father who could spend months building a sail boat inside of a bottle. Thought he was loony tunes but it was his own passion and gave him great satisfaction. Somewhere down the line I learned to respect the things that others do to pass their time and display their artistic talent. I go fishing and others think I am crazy because I honestly don't care if I ever catch a fish.

I have a rel bad case of Tinnitus from my years in the Navy sitting under twin jet engines in an H 47 helicopter so I have to have background noise all day long 24/7 just to keep my mind off the noise in my head. I listen to the news on the tube jumping stations all day long just to hear what all sides are talking about. Sometimes I do feel like I should carve some pencils or build a ship in a bottle but instead I go play with my TWs.

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