A carpenter from Connecticut, USA, Dalton Ghetti creates miniature masterpieces on the tips of pencils. He has been making his tiny graphite works for about 25 years. He never sold any of his work, only given it away to friends.
Dalton uses three basic tools to make his incredible creations: a razor blade, sculpting knife and sewing needle to make holes or dig into graphite, scratch and create lines. He even refuses to use a magnifying glass. The longest Dalton has spent on one piece was two and half years on a pencil with interlinking chains. A standard figure will take several months.
Dalton has a box full of more than 100 sculptures that have broken while working on them that he affectionately calls ‘The Cemetery Collection’. He said: “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”.