Hand Carved Toy Box
This page will show the progress as I begin a hand carved toy box project for a client’s twins. The two designs will feature jungle scenes with one toy box having a lion and the other will have a giraffe (see finished “Josie” toy box here).
Most recent image (September 15, 2018)
I have been commissioned to paint an alpaca. But not just ANY alpaca, this alpaca painting features “Amy the Alpaca “. This fun theme is being commissioned for a wine label.
Follow along in this post for updates and new images as I work on this piece. (edit: Complete August 8, 2018)
Also, if you enjoy ‘Alpaca Art’, you should check out my metal art alpaca! 😀
Large Metal Art by Cindy Chinn
For the past few years, I’ve been kept busy with metal art – mostly while using saws. The past couple of months, I’ve been expanding my work to include larger “non-saw” pieces. Although I have worked with metal and used a lot of techniques on my saws, I’m finding that there is a whole new world out there once I drop the saw out of the design. Continue reading
Hand Carved Wooden Toy Box Project
This page will show the progress as I begin a wooden toy box project for a client’s twins. The designs will feature jungle scenes with one toy box having a lion and the other will have a giraffe. (View the completed “Leo” toy box here)
Most recent image (August 17, 2018) – COMPLETE!
Here is the story of my latest carved pencil that was completed in October 2016. After the success and online popularity of my Elephant Pencil, I was commissioned to complete a Giraffe Pencil with a similar layout. I knew it would be tough – but WOW – I had quite a time working on this one! 😀
I ended up trying different graphite based on hardness, I went through a number of giraffes to get the final three and one baby giraffe escaped – never to be found again!
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Ever since my first train pencil carving went “viral” across the internet back in December 2015, I’ve been very busy becoming an “internationally renowned pencil carving artist”! 😀 I’ve been featured in dozens of websites and many magazines. I’ve done interviews with people around the world and my work has been shown on Japanese (and soon Spanish) TV.
I love the free publicity, but I’m still staying really busy trying to get all of my commission work out in a timely manner. This month, I’ve completed four new train pencils and have them ready to ship! Below are photos from the latest set of train carvings. It’s hard to imagine but each engine is about 3/16″ tall (less than 5mm) and each engine is a different design. Continue reading
I’m putting on the finishing touches of a new series of ‘train pencils‘. In the meantime, I thought that I would show you some of the in progress photos I’ve taken along the way.
As I’ve stated before, I don’t carve the trains and the tracks directly out of the pencil in one shot. This would just be impossible and frustrating – as one chip after hours of carving can cause me to start over. I carve the engines separately and then mount them on the rails (pencil leads) and carve the later trestles and cars from the pencil. Continue reading
As an artist I never know what kind of work will catch on – especially with the power of social media. All it takes is the right page to share your work and you’re swamped! I’ve been carving pencils all year and one of the sub-categories I’ve added recently is ‘Pet Portraits‘ in Pencil lead.
Carving a pencil lead is tough to begin with, but trying to match a certain breed of dog and then try to capture that particular dog’s own personality in a piece of graphite that is 3/16″ of an inch wide. Continue reading
I know a lot people come here to see more my tiny carved pencils, but I thought it might fun to show some other carvings I have done on a larger scale. I’m a visual artist and love to work in a wide range of media. I also love to combine different media to create something truly unique.
The first church pew I carved was eight feet long and included a back-lit stained glass piece. It took me over 700 hours during a long Nebraska winter. (I still have it for sale, by the way)
This is my most recent commission piece. I was asked to carve an elephant from a pencil lead, but as usual… I got a little carried away! This elephant art piece was actually carved from a few pencils and then assembled onto the pencil you see below.
I was able to get this level of detail thanks to my new trinocular microscope (my new favorite toy)!
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