Brazilian born, Connecticut-based artist and craftsman Dalton Ghetti painstakingly transforms the tips of pencils into awesome micro sculptures. His miniature masterpieces are actually a side project for the professional carpenter, who has been perfecting this tiny artform for the past 25 years.
Dalton uses a razor blade, sewing needle, sculpting knife, a steady hand and lots of patience to meticulously carve the wood and graphite, which can take him anywhere from a few months to a few years. He says, “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.”
Over time he has broken many works in progress and keeps them in what he calls the cemetery collection: ”I have quite a few broken pieces so I decided to glue them on pins and into styrofoam for a display case. People might think it’s weird I keep them but they’re still interesting. I worked on them for months so they might be dead now but at one point I gave them life.”
Dalton refuses to use a magnifying glass when working on these remarkable pieces and has never sold any of his work. Instead he gives them away to friends.