Dalton Ghetti started carving pencil tips 25 years ago as a challenge to himself. Mr. Ghetti found carving large projects to be easy and working on the smaller pieces to be more difficult. He now sculpts pencil tips as a hobby in his free time. A single pencil sculpture may take multiple years to complete with Ghetti's longest running project requiring 10 years to complete. The estimated 10 year long project involves carving a minuscule tear for every 9/11 victim.
Mr. Ghetti is a carpenter by trade who started his carving career as he was growing up in Brazil. He now resides in Bridgeport, Connecticut with his work being displayed at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Mr. Ghetti never sells his work to private collectors because he wants everyone to be able to enjoy them.
Dalton Ghetti mentioned that he never uses any magnification and can only work on the pencil tips for about an hour before his eyes become weary. I'm surprised that he avoids using any magnifying glass and can only imagine the incredible eye strain these micro sculptures cause. The challenge here is not only the strain on the eyes but I suspect Mr. Ghetti possesses hands of a surgeon needed to initiate miniature chisels for an extended period of time.
It is also interesting to note that Dalton Ghetti keeps a Styrofoam cemetery of all his failed creations. The focus, eyesight, steady hands and perseverance of Mr. Ghetti is remarkable.