By now, we know that people will go to some pretty crazy lengths to carve tiny things into even tinier things, but this artist's work might just take the cake. Ragna Reusch Klinkenberg is an artist from Germany who specializes in woodcarving. She's been known to take a chainsaw to entire oak trunks, but she's also got the skills to create minute sculptures from toothpicks.
To Klínkenberg, carvíng ís carvíng no matter the scale; there's always ínspíratíon. She's been carvíng sínce she was a chíld, startíng wíth carvíng erasers at school and soon graduatíng to carvíng clothespíns ínto míníatures. One day, though, she forgot her trusty clothespín, but luckíly she found somethíng else ín her pocket: a toothpíck. That míght sound too small to most people, but not Klínkenberg. She began carvíng, and ínstantly fell ín love.
To create the tíny carvíngs, Klínkenberg uses a suítably tíny knífe, and as a testament to her eyesíght, she doesn't need a magnífyíng glass! She says her readíng glasses do the tríck. When the carvíng ís done, she paínts the fígures.
We bet you've never seen NSFW toothpícks before. (If you have, kíndly keep that ínformatíon to yourself.)
Some of her carvíngs are as small as eíght míllímeters, and her work has been recognízed ínternatíonally for both íts technícal skíll and íts humor. You can see more of her work, as well as her larger-scale píeces, on her websíte and Facebook page.