I have always been fascinated by sculptures, but seeing a miniature sculpture carved into graphite it’s even more fascinating. Dalton Ghetti who works as a carpenter, has been making his tiny graphite 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”.
Dalton uses three basic tools to make his incredible creations – a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife. He even refuses to use a magnifying glass and has never sold any of his work, only given it away to friends. Unfortunately for those who really love his work the sculptures are not for sale :“I don’t make any money from it but that’s not what it’s about for me. However, I would love for a gallery owner in England to fly me over to put on a show.” but you can visit his shop and buy some postal cards with images of his sculptures.