Englishman Wins Fame for Quaint Wood Carvings (May, 1929)

What is going on with these images? It looks like some of the sculptures and some of the arms are just drawn in, or at least outlined. It’s kind of disconcerting.

Englishman Wins Fame for Quaint Wood Carvings

Tom Charman of Godshill, England, “made a better mousetrap” than his neighbors and consequently the whole world is beating a path to his door. His quaint wood carvings have attracted so much attention from European artists that an exhibition of his statuettes is soon to be held in London. He lives in an unpretentious hut and secures the materials for his carvings by picking up tree branches and odd pieces of wood from a forest near his home. His only equipment is a knife and one or two engraving tools. A piece of wood of unusual shape is often the inspiration for one of his carvings. In the top photo he is shown with a gnarled piece of wood which with a twist or two of his knife he has converted into a squirming eel. The other photos show his method of working, together with a few of his carvings.

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  1. quadibloc says: July 15, 20124:37 am

    In printed books and magazines from the 1920s in the U.S. – and in more recent books from the former Soviet Union, well into the 1960s – it was quite common for halftone photographs to be retouched in this fashion. The reason was because it was felt in those days that the quality of halftone reproduction available was unsatisfactory, and so without this assistance, the pictures would look blurry with it being hard to make out what was in them.

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