A Wonderfully Detailed Train and Trestle Expertly Carved Into the Graphite of a Carpenter Pencil


Artist Cindy Chinn has created a wonderfully detailed and tiny carving of a train, trestle and bridge carved into the entirety of a carpenter pencil, which gives the piece a sense of real movement. Chinn is currently offering the train and other custom-made carvings through her Etsy store.

This is a one of a kind pencil carving. I started with a regular carpenter’s pencil and carved away some of the wood, and used the lead to create a train. 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. 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. Check out my other pencils – or order a custom made carved pencil. They make great gifts!



Tiny Train


images via Cindy Chinn

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Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.