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       Cindy Chinn: Artist, Painter, Muralist, Creator

Pencil Lead Carving - Cindy Chinn

There's a lot of cool artwork that I see every day. I'll spend some time at the start of my day seeing what my 'Facebook Friends' are working on and what interesting things they are sharing. This exposes me to a lot of new mediums and techniques.

One medium that has always intrigued me is the art of carving pencil leads. I've always loved carving and sculpting and seeing the tiny works of art created from a such a common item is fascinating!

I finally found some time and went to work. I bought some carpenter's pencils and tried a number of different subjects. Some worked better than others, and some were just a little too hard to get the detail I needed to pull off in such a small space.

In December 2015, a photo of my first train pencil carving went REALLY viral on Facebook and since that time, I've been known internationally as that 'pencil artist from Nebraska'.

Here's a gallery of some of my work. I hope to continue with these as they're fun and don't take a lot of time compared to a painting or other major piece. Contact me if you have any questions or like to commission your own custom pencil carving!


This was the first one I carved (they got easier as I did more) - and it's the image that went viral.

Pencil Lead Carving by Cindy Chinn
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They look great in the custom stands that I make!

Pencil Lead Carving by Cindy Chinn
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Here is a gallery of my current (March 2016) Train Carvings - plus a bonus Cement Truck I carved as a commission for a client in the construction business.

Maple Line Carved Pencil Train Midwest Express Carved Pencil Train New-York Allied Carved Pencil Train Sullivan Express Carved Pencil Train Three Rivers Line Carved Pencil Train Viral Express Carved Pencil Train Wagner Rocket Carved Pencil Train Woodline Leader Carved Pencil Train Ripley Train Lenox Express Pencil Longbridge Special Pencil Cement Truck Carved Pencil

But I carve more than just trains - I like to mix things up a little and all of these are vertical sculptures:

Beast Tractor Carved Pencil Peace Hand Carved Pencil Red Candy Box Carved Pencil TREE Carved Pencil Dog Bust Carved Pencil Wood handle hammer Carved Pencil Chucks Carved Pencil Dolphin Carved Pencil Hammer Carved Pencil Saw  Carved Pencil jeweler hammer Carved Pencill

Here is a gallery of some of my other Pencil Lead Carvings. Contact me if you would like to commission a piece,

Pencil-Lead-Carving-01-Magnified Pencil-Lead-Carving-Converse-All-Star-01 Pencil Lead Carving Converse All-Star 02 Pencil-Lead-Carving-Converse-All-Star-03 Pencil-Lead-Carving-Hammer-01 Pencil-Lead-Carving-Hammer-02 Pencil-Lead-Carving-Hammer-03 Pencil-Lead-Carving-Hockey-Stick Pencil-Lead-Carving-Maple-Leaf-01 Pencil-Lead-Carving-Maple-Leaf-02 Pencil-Lead-Carving-Hammer-Wood-Handle



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