My first pencil carving at this scale was of a train – and in December of 2015 it went viral across Facebook and the Internet! I was featured on sites such as SteampunkTendencies.com, BoredPanda.com, ThisIsColossal.com and many others. Since then, I’ve been busy taking orders, answering questions and doing interviews – this is FUN! 😀
Pencil Carving Gallery
Here is my viral post that made me ‘a world-wide sensation’ 😉
Since that time, I received some orders for more trains and have started off 2016 busily looking through a magnifying glass! Here is a gallery of my pencil lead trains that I have carved so far. It’s been fun coming up with some different designs.
I hope that the photos are able to convey the small scale of these pencil carvings. I use carpenter’s pencils as the lead is a little bigger and the shape of the pencil itself is more interesting.
The trains are constructed, rather than carved from a single piece of lead (graphite). The trestle and cars under are carved in place, while I use mechanical pencil lead for the rails and carve the engine (and other cars if needed) from some graphite I have cut from the pencil. I then glue the rails and the engine to the pencil.
You can order a train carving directly from my Etsy storefront. I’ll be happy to customize it (as much as I can). You can also select from a number of different stand designs and finishes.
Other Pencil Carving Designs
I also carve other designs and like to see how much I can get away with. Some designs are VERY tricky and I haven’t mastered them all yet. Some break at critical places and cannot be fixed by gluing or re-carving.
I have been coming up with new designs with some destined for galleries and some for commissions. Keep checking back as I plan to have more designs and more photos of pencil carvings in the future!
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Buy a pencil from Etsy store – each one is Made to Order – just for you! Or contact me to create a custom carving!
For those of you that wonder how I how I carve these tiny sculptures, here’s a look at my view of things – through the magnifying glass:
I would like to thank Art Whitton Photography for his great photos of these tiny works!