Visionary sculptor carves stunning Sahara-inspired masterpiece out of a pencil

A brilliant sculptor has transformed an unimaginative object into a work of art by carving elephants out of a PENCIL.

**MANDITORY BYLINE - ART WHITTON/CATERS NEWS** PIC BY ART WHITTON/CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Artist Cindy Chinn (54 from, Chester, Nebraska, USA). Here you can see a finished elephant, carved to high detail from the pencil graphite.) - A brilliant sculptor has transformed an unimaginative object into a work of art by carving elephants out of a PENCIL. The inspired artist has only been working with pencils for a year, but already she has conquered the fiddly skill. Cindy Chinn, from Chester, Nebraska, has also sculpted trains, flowers and shoes out of their leads. The masterpiece - which took a painstaking 15 hours to complete - can now be yours, but for a whopping 635.35. SEE CATERS COPY.

The inspired artist has only been working with pencils for a year, but already she has conquered the fiddly skill.

Cindy Chinn, from Chester, Nebraska, has also sculpted trains, flowers and shoes out of their leads.

The masterpiece – which took a painstaking 15 hours to complete – can now be yours, but for a whopping £635.35.

 ART WHITTON/CATERS NEWS - A brilliant sculptor has transformed an unimaginative object into a work of art in Nebaska, USA.

ART WHITTON/CATERS NEWS – A brilliant sculptor has transformed an unimaginative object into a work of art in Nebaska, USA.

Cindy, 54, said: “I get completely lost in the design.

“I have made a couple of things which look like nothing, but when you look at it through the scope, you can see in great detail how cool it really is.

“If the viewer can’t make out the basic shape with their naked eye though, it has little meaning to the viewer and isn’t appreciated.”

Each type of pencil presents its own challenge, according to Cindy, who made a name for herself sculpting small wax pieces for jewelry casting.

ART WHITTON/CATERS NEWS - The inspired artist has only been working with pencils for a year in Nebaska, USA.

ART WHITTON/CATERS NEWS – The inspired artist has only been working with pencils for a year in Nebaska, USA.

She said: “Not all pencils are created equal, some are softer or more brittle.

“Some graphite just like to put up a fight.

“I mainly use a carpenter pencil.

“I have never carved anything from a standard sized pencil lead, though I have used them as stems for flowers made from crayons.

ART WHITTON/CATERS NEWS - Cindy Chinn from, Chester, Nebraska, USA has created a safari scene with a family of detailed elephants out of a carpenters pencil.

ART WHITTON/CATERS NEWS – Cindy Chinn from, Chester, Nebraska, USA has created a safari scene with a family of detailed elephants out of a carpenters pencil.

“Coloured pencils are very difficult to carve because they are brittle and unforgiving.

“The wood of the pencil is difficult to carve, it can be stringy or too porous to get any fine detail out of.

“Some of the older pencils use a more dense wood, but those are hard to come by.”