Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Artist Dalton Ghetti

Dalton Ghetti
A simple pencil turns into art when Dalton Ghetti gets his hands on it. When I read that he has been carving sculptures into pencil leads without the aid of a magnifying glass, for 25 years..I was surprised. Why? Take a close look at some of his work 

 He has about a dozen works that have been framed and about a dozen more waiting to be mounted for display. After two and a half years he finished pencils each with a letter of the alphabet carved into the lead.

 I was surprised to learn that Mr. Ghetti only does pencil carvings as a hobby. It takes him years to complete his work and that pieces are not for sale. I don't know why he doesn't sell his work but I can image the money people would be willing to spend to have one of his pieces. He has only given them away to friends as gifts (Mr. Ghetti, can we be friends?). His income comes from carpentry but he does sell postcards and posters of his work. Don't ask him to autograph it with a pen, he will only use a pencil!!

Oh, did I mention he only uses a razor blade, sewing needle, or sculpting knife?

If you are interested in getting some of his postcards or posters you can go to
New Britain Museum of American Art here.

Total Fact Randomness...One million pencils are used annually on the
floor of the New York Stock Exchange


drollgirl said...

ohmy! this is amazing! fantastic! gah! he must have eagle eyes and surgeon hands!!!!!

galoregirl said...

wow...all I can say, is wow.

lori vliegen said... head is spinning from the brilliance of this man!! xox, :))

VivatRegina said...

Holy COW!!! That's AMAZING!!! I love it!

Alisa said...

Wow! Thanks for posting this.