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Far Too Much Time On His Hands

These photographs of tiny sculptures carved into the tips of pencils are real, they have not been "photoshopped".

The photographs depict the work of Connecticut based artist Dalton Ghetti. He is a 49-year-old carpenter who has been carving utterly stunning miniature sculptures for more than a quarter of a century. Every amazing piece is carved from the tip of a lead pencil. As a child, he began by carving tree bark, but moved on to other things, like soap to chalk before deciding that graphite was his preferred medium.

He refuses to work with a magnifying glass, and only uses three tools – a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife. He explains his process: “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.”

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