Dalton Ghetti carves miniature sculptures from discarded pencils, stubs worn with age and forgotten on the ground. He reworks them with careful precision, some sculptures no larger than a grain of sand. Using a sewing needle to carefully whittle away the graphite, his sculptures can take years to create.
David Rees on the other hand takes the craft of pencil sharpening in a different direction, striving for the perfect point. Ever since hearing his recent radio interview on NPR, I’ve become obsessed with the desire to own a pencil certified as a dangerous object. In this case, perhaps it’s the pencil that’s mightier than the sword.
Do you have a collection of pencil stubs you can’t bear to toss out? Do you collect pencils with your name or from each o f the 50 states? We would love to see them! Photograph your collection and show us over on Illustration Friday Kids Facebook page.