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Inside Out Pencil

When I was in school, girls would put teethmarks all over their pencils, while boys would chip off the paint with fingernails. Those of us who carried pocket knives for sharpening pencils (most of us) might also carve out rings and spirals when we were bored. We had nothing on these guys though.

Ball joint pencil:

Ball Joint Pencil

Ball Joint Pencil Close-up

Just one hiccup could destroy a carving in progress. The photos are from a 1990’s Japanese exhibition by Kato Jado and Mizuta Tasogare, titled “The JAD Project”. Unfortunately, the website is limited in English descriptions, but the photos speak loudly…

My favorite – all from the same Ticonderoga H pencil:

Fold-up Pencil

Fold-up Pencil Collapsed

Fold-up Pencil Close Up

A Six-fold spiral pencil:

Six-fold spiral

Six-fold spiral close up

Honeycomb pencil:

Honeycomb pencil


112 Responses to “Amazing Pencil Carvings”

  1. on 30 Jun 2008 at 11:15 am Mika

    a-mazing ……… i just went .wow !!! …scrolled………….scrolled …………. and then the comments ….wow …… lol

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  3. on 07 Aug 2008 at 9:23 pm Trini

    simply incredible, and we think children have attention deficit disorder. no way

  4. on 01 Sep 2008 at 5:33 pm Lalo Marquez

    Oh my Dog! People who chew their fingernails should learn to do it in these type of creative ways.

  5. on 21 Sep 2008 at 12:16 pm Jim R.

    Great work! I would NEVER have the patience (or the ability)!

  6. on 09 Dec 2008 at 1:32 am tips

    You are doing a wonderful thing here on the Internet. I wish you the very best. Kindest regards.

  7. on 27 Jan 2009 at 4:57 pm Crim.ion

    holy crap these are the greatest things i have ever seen done with a pencil. I so want one.

  8. on 13 Feb 2009 at 4:06 am Sam S

    Wow, those are some crazy pencils. We ordered some of these personalized color changing pencils last year and they were a hit:

  9. on 22 Feb 2009 at 8:49 am Russ from Peacehaven

    It just goes to show, you can’t be too careful.

  10. on 27 Aug 2009 at 7:18 pm jener

    so intricately carved. must have taken a lot of effort to do this. nice work

  11. on 15 Oct 2009 at 10:12 am Lex dePraxis

    This is amazing!

  12. on 24 Mar 2010 at 3:14 pm Tom


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