I don’t know if writers are the only people who feel this way, but there is something incredibly pure and true about the pencil.
And it’s not just pencils I feel passionate about. Stationary just does something to me. Glitter pens, clutch pencils, the fountain pen… let’s just say I’m a fan.
So when I saw this I felt a swoon coming on.
Dalton Ghetti is an artist who sculpts pencils.
Here’s his alphabet series – there are 26 in the set. One for each letter of the alphabet.
He says it took him about a month to make each one.
He’s from Brazil and I think his work is unbelievable.
He can craft the nib of a pencil into just about anything.
Even Elvis gets a look in.
According to an article I read on him over here, he refuses to work with a magnifying glass and he only ever uses three tools – a razor blade, a sewing needle and his sculpting knife.
Discussing his process Dalton 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.’
I’m so wishing that he was one of my friends right now. I’d so kill to own one of these pencils.
When Ghetti was a young boy in Brazil he used to sharpen his pencil at school with a pocket knife, but when he finished school he started working on bigger pieces. Working with wood and stone. Then he spent some time honing his craft on soap and candles, and even broom sticks, and then eventually found his niche carving pencils about 25 years ago.
‘The pencil has been kind of like a challenge to myself,’ he said. ‘I can do anything really big, but the small stuff is really difficult, so I was like, let me see how small I can go.’
I couldn’t stand it. I think every single pencil is full of infinite possibilities. I used to crawl around our office floor on hands and knees collecting abandoned pencils and resharpening them to their former glory.
You’ve got to love a pencil.