Miniature Art On The Pencils Tips By Dalton Ghetti

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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.
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.
A tiny saw, using both the wood and graphite of a single pencil. And trust me, it is sharp.
A tiny saw, using both the wood and graphite of a single pencil. And trust me, it is sharp.
An intricately-detailed screw, carved in one piece from a pencil’s graphite.
An intricately-detailed screw, carved in one piece from a pencil’s graphite.
A mini mailbox on a post.
A mini mailbox on a post.

Many artists have used pencils to create works of art – but Dalton Ghetti creates miniature masterpieces on the tips of 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.

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”

Using the eraser end of a pencil, Dalton created a tiny cross sculpture from the internal graphite
Using the eraser end of a pencil, Dalton created a tiny cross sculpture from the internal graphite
A miniature graphite chair
A miniature graphite chair
Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A highly-detailed boot
Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A highly-detailed boot
This carving shows a goblet being held by a hand, all carved from one pencil’s graphite
This carving shows a goblet being held by a hand, all carved from one pencil’s graphite
Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A tiny button
Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A tiny button
Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A tiny hammer
Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A tiny hammer
“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
“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

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”

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”

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”

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”

Via Odd Stuff Magazine and My Interesting Files

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6 thoughts on “Miniature Art On The Pencils Tips By Dalton Ghetti

  1. Hola!
    I searched "FIITJEE – Pinnacle" and found your blog. I'm in 10th and have been thinking of joining FIITJEE's pinnacle programme next year.
    Any advice?

    Thanks (in advance)

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  2. Ok so these carvings are freaking amazing. I really like your blog. I am new at this blogging thing but hope to get more hits. Not real sure how to get my blog out there. I would take some advice if you have any, Thanks

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      I see that your blog is pretty new and has only 10 posts. Considering the number views (355 when I saw) it has received, I'd say it's pretty good. Just keep on writing, never pause because it will lead to stopping. Happy Blogging (Yes, I made it rhyme) 😉

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