There is only one professional pencil sculptor in Japan and his name is Toshiyuki Yamazaki (山崎利幸). He makes amazing miniature sculptures out of pencil lead.
Before becoming a professional pencil sculptor, Yamazaki was a stock broker. He learned of pencil sculpting in America via television, which led to his interest in the art. At first, he did not know how to go about making the sculptures including what kind of materials and tools to use. He ended up using drills, cutters, magnifying glasses and rulers that he found at a hardware store.
Yamazaki is currently applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to have two of his pencil lead sculptures recognised as a world record.
The first pencil sculpture that Yamazaki has applied to be a Guinness World Record is this alphabet sculpture. Yamazaki succeeded in sculpting the entire alphabet onto one pencil lead.
Apparently Yamazaki is aiming to add three more chain links onto this chain sculpture, but he has applied to have this added to the Guinness Book of World Records at 23 chain links. The official world record at the moment is held by Mr. Dalton Ghetti at 22 chain links. I can’t even begin to imagine how you are supposed to go about carving these chain links.
Check out his homepage for more info on his amazing works!