April 5, 2010
Some of my other favorite how-tos, on this site:
I actually stumbled onto the above “how-to”.
Look at the amazing these pencil carvings below:
From the New York Times:
“Mr. Ghetti, who owns about as many possessions as a monk, is aware how unusual his craft is. He started carving tree bark when he was a child and experimented with everything from soap to chalk before settling on graphite. It’s second nature now, and for 90 percent of his work, all he needs is a sewing needle, a razor blade and a carpenter’s or No. 2 pencil.
‘The pencil tip is great; it’s like a pure, very homogenous material,’ he said. ‘It cuts in the same direction, not like wood, which has a grain. But when I tell people how long it takes, that’s when they don’t believe it. That’s what amazes people more, the patience. Because everything nowadays has to be fast, fast, fast.’“
So maybe you don’t have as much patience as it takes to make an intricate pencil tip carving. But, I’m sure you have a few minutes to learn how to do the booty dance. I mean, everyone needs a hidden talent, right?