pencil carving by cindy chinn

I’ve been seeing sculpted pencils and pencil leads online for the past few years 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.comBoredPanda.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/pencil-carvings-by-cindy-chinn/

Posted by Cindy Chinn on Thursday, May 7, 2015

August 25, 2016 – “The White Line Express”

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”.
Please share if you like it! Contact me if you would like to purchase it.

White Line Express Pencil Carving by Cindy Chinn

Since that time, I received some orders for more trains other pencil carving projects 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.

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!

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!

Check out the blog post which shows the progress of my Epiphany Elephant 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) 😉

Thanks for following along- Feel free to share this blog post!

Contact me to create a custom carving!

Buy a carved pencil - Train - Cindy Chinn
Buy a carved pencil - Hammer - Cindy Chinn
Buy on my Etsy Store - Hammer with wood handle

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:

Throught the Magnifying Glass

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

Pencil Carving by Cindy Chinn
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