Dalton Ghetti’s Amazing Pencil Art

Dalton Ghetti's Amazing Pencil Art

I was forwarded an email from my cousin Dusty this morning, and in it there were incredible carvings which had been done in the tips of pencils — some involving the lead (graphite) of the pencil, and some involving the wood around the lead. The name of the artist wasn’t listed, nor was the original source, but a quick Google search revealed both. Dalton Ghetti, a carpenter who lives in Bridgeport, New York, has been making his “miniature masterpieces” for about 25 years.

Dalton Ghetti's Amazing Pencil Art  Dalton Ghetti's Amazing Pencil Art

From the February 11, 2007 New York Times article about him:

“You could see how he could do this — he’s Zen-like, very patient and quiet,” said Rick Torres, the owner of Harborview Market, in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. “He’s a pretty stable person, no waves in his system at all. And I think you would need to be that way to do that kind of work.”

I would give anything to have the patience it would take to do work like this, much less the steady hand.

Mr. Ghetti, who owns about as many possessions as a monk, is aware how unusual his craft is. He started carving tree bark when he was a child and experimented with everything from soap to chalk before settling on graphite. It’s second nature now, and for 90 percent of his work, all he needs is a sewing needle, a razor blade and a carpenter’s or No. 2 pencil.

Enjoy the photos below, and then hit the links for more insight as to Dalton’s How and Why.

I am blown away by his work! 🙂
February 11, 2007 New York Times: Finding the Art in a Pencil Tip

Odd Stuff Magazine: Miniature Art on the Tip of Pencil by Dalton Ghetti via Accidental Mysteries: Carved from the Lead of Pencils

About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-confessed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area ... or not.