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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”