Cindy Chinn is no robot nor is she a machine, but what she does can make you flabbergasted as to see that she can carve a pencil out to create a sculpture of a family of elephants walking out of the bush. This is outrageous, since the size of a pencil itself is already small not to mention the graphite stone used as pencil lead which we use to write with normally doesn’t give us enough space to carve. Check out her carvings and pay attention to the details. It certainly is not a human job.
Chinn described it on her website, “My first pencil carving at this scale was of a train – and in December of 2015, it went viral across Facebook and the Internet! I was even featured on a TV show in Barcelona.” She admitted that her most elaborate design had been the Elephant Walk, After she got hired by the Epiphany Elephant Museum, she began to work on such teeny weenie kind of microscopic sculpture. She added saying, “The design started out simple, an Elephant with a foil stamped logo. Then I got carried away… after looking at reference I decided that I needed to carve a family of elephants walking across the Serengeti, because carving just one elephant wasn’t challenging enough! So I stopped keeping track of the hours… but it took a few days.” She said that she carved the train using a 5x diopter magnifying lamp. And then she bought a 10x diopter floor lamp. But she still found it like she could get more detail. To satisfy her zest, she bought a 90x Trinocular on an arm, which is basically a microscope that can be setup for a long field of working distance. “I would never have been able to get the detail that I was able to get in the elephant’s skin or the baby’s trunk, which was really crazy. It’s hard to carve without breaking anything. I found myself holding my breath a lot.” she added.