A Carved Graphite Train on Tracks Emerges from Inside a Carpenter’s Pencil

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We’ve seen a number of artists working with pencil leads over the last few years, where the narrow dimensions of graphite are carved into miniscule objects. This recent piece by Nebraska-based artist Cindy Chinn is particularly ingenious, an entire carpenter’s pencil is turned into a tiny train, trestle, and bridge. “This piece was designed using straight lead pieces for the rails, with the tiny carved train placed and securely glued on top of the rails,” Chinn shares. “The train engine is only 3/16″ of an inch tall. The pencil is 5-5/8″ long and mounted in a wood shadowbox frame as shown in the photos.”





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