Pencil sharp

As a creative agency we believe that the best ideas start with a pad and pencil. This led us to create ‘The Ultimate Pencil Case’, our labour of love featuring 3712 pencils that hangs in our office.

So when we were thinking about creating our next, slightly less time consuming piece for the office we based it on the works of Dalton Ghetti a Connecticut carpenter who creates mini masterpieces on the tips of pencils. These are beautifully detailed sculptures of everything from Elvis to intertwined hearts and, quite frankly, we love ‘em!

Dalton uses three basic tools to create his art — 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.

The longest he has spent on one piece was two and half years on a pencil with interlinking chains. A standard figure will take several months. He said: “The interlinking chains took the most effort and I was really pleased with it because it’s so intricate people think it must be two pencils.”

Ghetti, who is originally from Brazil, has a box full of more than 100 sculptures that have broken while working on them. Affectionately known as ‘the cemetery collection’, he summed up why he keeps them.

“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.”

We took a selection of his postcards and gave them the setting we think they deserve, held in delicate rows on picture wire all set within a substantial gilt frame. It’s an old meets new meets classic type thing and makes a perfect addition to our meeting room.