Untapped: Pencil Carving???

Untapped art can be a tough thing to find. Given the powers of the internet, we have anything and everything at our fingertips all the time.

But this week, I think I found something fun for you.

Pencil carving art! Yes that is a legit thing and is actually a pretty affordable craft if you have the talent to do it. 

As I was researching pencil carving I sort of wondered why artists were carving the graphite and not the wood of the pencil. I remember, as a kid, when just a little bit of pressure would break my lead.

Who in their right mind would carve that stuff?! Little did I know that graphite is soft enough to carve, but solid enough to withstand the various pressures each carving tool applies.

There are a few reasons I am intrigued by this art form. One is the size of the carving.

It is astounding to me that artists have the ability to put so much detail into such a small space. I can’t even imagine how difficult such intricacies can be. 

Check out this Instagram page I found to see some really amazing work. I was pretty intrigued by this train they carved!

My very favorite piece can be found at The Art of Hand Tools and is called “Elephant Walk”. In that piece miniature elephants walk the length of a pencil, with beautifully detailed trees to add a sense of environment.

Be sure to go check it out. You won’t be disappointed! 


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We are always looking to add creative, diverse artists to our virtual art gallery. We have sculpture Blake Ward but we certainly do not have any micro-sculptures to share.

I hope after reading this week’s blog, we have at least one pencil sculpting artist to add to our line-up.

Maybe you’re one of those talented artists who excel at many different techniques. If that’s you, we have some ideas to encourage you to try this unique art technique. 

If you’re feeling up for a challenge, you should totally try this untapped art form and send us the results at Her Blaze. We’d love to see your Juneteenth pencil carving.

Maybe you want to depict an iconic skyline piece like Las Vegas, Los Angeles or the United States Capitol. One place I’d personally love to see carved into graphite is New Orleans. 

Yesterday was not ‘just’ the day the government made  Juneteenth a National holiday, It was also the 50th birthday of Tupac, one of the most iconic artists ever.

To celebrate his birthday,  I wanted to leave you with something he said that might encourage all of our artists. “During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.”

Tupac was a force to be reckoned with and his art is something that is still relevant today. His words ring true and it is our hope that you all continue to follow your dreams! 


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  1. This is probably the coolest untapped art I’ve seen. I never knew this was a thing. Very cool thank you for sharing it.

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