Everyday Design: Pencil Top Carvings

“A PENCIL is just an instrument, an effective tool for scratching measurements onto wood, updating checkbooks and filling in bubbles in tests. Unless it’s in the hands of Dalton Ghetti. The 45-year-old Bridgeport resident has been carving sculptures into pencil lead, without the aid of a magnifying glass, for 25 years.”   -New York Times

“Many artists have used pencils to create beautiful pieces of work – but only one creates stunning masterpieces on the tip of one. Microscopic artist Dalton Ghetti spends up to two-and-a half years painstakingly crafting each handmade piece on the graphite of a pencil. “  – Dalton Ghetti Facebook

“Last year, after two and half years, he finished a line of 26 pencils, with each letter of the alphabet carved into the tip. His current projects include a handsaw and a single rice-grain-sized teardrop for every victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  – New York Times

“The idea is, as you walk in, you’ll see a huge tear drop far away,” he said. “As you walk up close to it, you’ll see that it’s made up of tiny little ones. So I make one a day. I was watching the whole thing from Sherwood Island State Park, and I broke down and cried all day. I had a vision about doing something about it, and that’s what I came up with. It’ll probably take about 10 years to do it.” -Dalton Ghetti


When I stumbled upon these wonderful little sculptures, I realized that I had just seen a masterful work of art. Not in the style of the masters but in control of life, purity of focus and simplicity of purpose. Mr. Ghetti’s work is something to be admired for its process, the hours, days, weeks, months and years that it takes to craft such a beautiful item. The message is simple… Patience.

So I’ll leave you with one last look at these beautiful pieces and reminder to slow down just a little. Sometimes the simplest things are the most unique.


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13 Responses to “Everyday Design: Pencil Top Carvings”
  1. 08.11.2011

    That is crazy and amazing!!!

  2. 08.11.2011

    Awesome . Awesome . Only I can say awesome !

    • Gord

      Not true – watch: “Awesome”

  3. Cindy

    Wow! These sculptures are fantastic! Too, too cool!

  4. 08.12.2011

    Absolutely amazing. Amazing.

  5. I’ve actually seen several of Ghetti’s pencils on display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore — and they are even more amazing in person!

  6. Raegan

    Absolutly, out of this world AMAZING!

  7. greta

    totally awesome! this is crazy!

  8. CindyZS

    wow, amazing………..he definitely has a gift from God… simply awesome!!!! thank you for sharing!

  9. 08.14.2011

    Thanks for the feature! The imagery is definitely eye catching!

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