All artists use tools, but Bosnian sculptor Jasenko Đorđević turns tools into art. Born in Tulza, Bosnia, Đorđević uses an X-acto knife and tiny chisel to carve detailed pencil-tip sculptures. The result resembles something made from stone or charred wood. Đorđević was first inspired to carve pencils after seeing the work of Dalton Ghetti.

Graphite or “black lead” is Đorđević’s material of choice, “since it is hard and fragile at the same time. One has to be very careful when working with black lead, as the smallest lack of attention can lead to its cracking.”

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