Meet Dalton Ghetti, a 49 year old carpenter, who makes probably the tiniest sculptures in the world. It can sound unbelievable, but he manages to carve a highly detailed sculpture on the tip of a pencil from available graphite. Now living in Connecticut, USA, he has been doing these mind-blowing works for about 25 years.
“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” – says, Dalton, who is originally from Brazil.
All he needs is three basic tools – a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife. Dalton doesn’t even use a magnifying glass! While a standard figure will take several months to make, he has spent two and half years on a pencil with interlinking chains.