Pencil Carving by Cindy Chinn
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Years ago, I had been seeing sculpted pencils and pencil leads online and REALLY wanted to try my hand at it.

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 (even Spanish TV!) 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’ 😉

 

Train carved into the lead of a carpenters pencil… 3/16’th of an inch high. by Artist Cindy Chinnhttps://cindychinn.com/blog/pencil-carvings-by-cindy-chinn/

Posted by Cindy Chinn on Thursday, May 7, 2015


Currently Available: The Great Wall Zephyr

Here is one of my latest train carvings – and the first in the “Press Plate” series.
These trains are based on images from some press plates we found at an auction.
Introducing the “White Line Express”.

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“The White Line Express” Pencil Carving by Cindy Chinn

White Line Express Pencil Carving by Cindy Chinn
Pencil Carving of a Train by Cindy Chinn

After that first train went viral, I received orders for more trains other pencil carving projects and started 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.

Disney Rapunzel Pencil

In 2019 I was invited to Disney Studios in Los Angeles to film this short feature about carving pencils.  I had a great time and everyone loved the results!  The video was view over 2 million times on Instagram!

Pencil Carving

Other Pencil Carving Designs

I also carve other designs and like to see how much detail I can find.  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.

Elephants carved from pencil lead
giraffe carved from pencil lead

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!

Check out the blog post which shows the progress of my Epiphany Elephant pencil – and another one which shows the carving of my Giraffe Pencil.

Crayon Carving

Lately I’ve also been working with crayons.  I like the options I have with the colors and combinations of colors.    I never realized how much room for experiment there was in this art form.

Adopt-a-Pet Series

Here’s a series I hope to expand on – they were so much fun!  (and they all went to good homes) 😉

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Throught the Magnifying Glass

I would like to thank Art Whitton Photography for his great photos of these tiny works!

Buy a pencil from Etsy store – each one is Made to Order – just for you!  Or contact me to create a custom carving!


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