Cindy Chinn is a full time artist that lives out of a 33,000 square foot building previously used as a school in Chester, Nebraska. Chinn likes trying her hands at all types of art mediums, and her latest endeavor includes a simple carpenter pencil transformed into a stunningly detailed train.
Chinn always enters the Annual Miniature Show but she typically does so with clay sculptures. This year she wanted to compete with something new. The artist writes, "I've been seeing carved pencils and pencil leads online for the past few years and REALLY wanted to try my hand at it." So she did… and the results are mind blowing!
It wasn't 'all aboard' the first try. In fact, the first train carving Chinn worked on didn't make her very happy, "…it was too long and misshapen." The second time around Chinn made a print out of the train in order to "find size and placement of key details."
The second train took a total of 6 hours to carve, plus another 3 hours to carve the trestle. Chinn explains that the trestle was more difficult to carve than the train because the pencil wood kept splintering.
Since carving her first pencil, Chinn has learned that it's easier to carve old pencils because they are made from harder wood.
Chinn uses a 5X diopter magnifying glass to carve pencils. To capture even more detail she stops along the way to take micro photos of her work, which she then inspects and makes changes accordingly before taking another photo to compare the two.
"There are a lot of talented graphite carvers out there who have inspired me, I only hope that people find inspiration and appreciation in my work as well!"