- Dalton Ghetti: born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Came to the U.S. in 1985 at the young age of 24.
- Earned an Associate’s degree in Architecture from Norwalk Community Technical College, Connecticut, U.S.A. in 1994.
- Works as a carpenter/house remodeler.
- Self-taught artist: “Sharpens” pencils as a hobby/meditation.
- Currently lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Dalton Ghetti: pencil sculptures
Creation of miniature sculptures
Dalton Ghetti works under a strong light source and carves the pencils with sewing needles and small metal blades. Due to a very small scale of the objects, he works in intervals of 1 to 2 hours maximum per day. He slowly removes specks of graphite, and it sometimes takes him months to complete a single sculpture.
Dalton Ghetti learned to carve at the age of 6. He moved to the U.S at the age of 24. He now lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and works as a carpenter using his miniature art as a form of meditation. His work includes a miniature bust of Elvis, churches, intricately-designed graphite chains, a handsaw and 26 letters of the alphabet carved into the pencil tips. He also created a memorial to honor the victims of the 9/11 attack by carving one teardrop the size of a grain of rice every day for each of the victims.