Retired engineer carves Easter eggs that look like lace

In a typical piece, there are over 2,000 holes drilled in a goose egg. (NBC/RTV)

STARA VRHNIKA, Slovenia (NBC/RTV) — A Slovenian artist creates spectacular Easter eggs with a microdrill and real egg shells.

Franc Grom is 74-years-old and a retired engineer. He’s been making Easter eggs for about 20 years.

In a typical piece, Grom drills over 2,000 holes in a goose egg.

He says the biggest challenge is avoiding cracks when the holes are drilled only millimeters apart.

His record-breaking egg has more than 24,000 holes in it.

Grom says he’s inspired by traditional Slovenian lace patterns.

He employs instruments usually used for engraving glass and also dental equipment.

Grom doesn’t use colors or chemicals on the eggs. The color variation comes from polishing.

He keeps many of his eggs but also sells them as souvenirs. They’re priced about $138 per thousand holes.

He ships to customers around the world. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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