re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

#72 Recycling other than wood: Pencil carving by Dalton Getty

Crazy cool alphabet

The above web addresses take you to a really neat viewing of a really “crazy,” gifted carver.  It isn’t wood, never-the-less, it is really great work.  The first time I saw Dalton’s pieces I thought he was nuts.  But, the more I look at it, the more pencil pieces I pick up at my job as a teacher, the more I wonder if I shouldn’t try it.
I wonder if each of the pencils began as a full pencil and he had to go so small because he broke them off.  That would be my experience.  I have a bunch of grade school pencils, the fat ones, remember?  That might be more my size.  And, if it works, there is a lot more lead to work with.
Let me know if you try.  I would like to see your pictures too. 

“It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.” Proverbs 20:3


4 responses

  1. Wow, those are really cool—such detail! Thanks for sharing.

    May 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    • Mel, I am always stunned by Mr. Getty’s work. Did you get a chance to look through all the other pictures. Incredible. I particularly like the saw. I wonder how many pencils he had to go through to get it right? Just see it now, oops, rats…. Do you suppose glue works on graphite?

      May 9, 2011 at 6:54 am

  2. That is really interesting!

    May 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

  3. Yaakov, how many little pencil pieces do you have left around the shop? Maybe something to do with them now.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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