Magic in the Tip of a Pencil
Cool, that’s a nice sculpture. Wait a second…
That was my reaction when I first set my eyes on this amazing art by Dalton Ghetti, who uses the graphite lead inside pencils to create miniature sculptures.
When you’re a person like me, who can barely write properly with a pencil, let alone carve sculptures out of it, you’d think “How does he do that!”
Well let me add another crease on that forehead of yours!
Dalton Ghetti claims that all he uses is a razor blade, a sewing needle and a sculpting knife and he refuses to use a magnifying glass! What’s up with this guy? Does he have a magnifying glass surgically fitted behind his eyeballs? How can he even see that pencil tip? No wonder it once took him two and a half years to finish a pencil’s tip he carved into interlinked chains. It’s crazy how much time he spends on this literally eye popping hobby. But it doesn’t make it any less impressive.
And yes, I confess that after recognizing that such art exists, I thought “Hey, if he can do it, why not me?” So I zipped open my pencil case and took out the best looking pencils, sharpened them to perfection, stole one of my dad’s razor blades (please don’t try this at home) and a needle out of my mom’s sewing stock. Three hours later, I had injured fingers, an even further injured ego and my pencils with their tips split into two. Truly, this is something best left to the Maestro himself.
Dalton Ghetti says: “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.”
He’s been doing this since 25 years and I wish I could buy these beauties but he doesn’t sell them. I don’t really blame him. How can you even attempt to put a value on something like this? If there had been a bank note saying “Priceless”, maybe he could have sold a few. He only gives them away to friends and he collects the rest of them. Even the ones he breaks while working on them (thank you for some normalcy Mr. Ghetti). I only wish I was best friends with him! I could’ve gotten my image sculpted on the tip of an old pencil like he did for Elvis Presley and then I would use my own graphite face to write stuff. How bizarre would that be now?
Dalton the 45-year-old Bridgeport resident began learning how to handle tools at the young age of 6 when at school in Brazil, he and the other students used either a razor blade or a pocket knife to sharpen their pencils for drawing and writing. Also, his mother was a seamstress. When Dalton was 8 years old, she taught him how to use a sewing needle to help her with simple projects like hemming and sewing buttons.