Tag "sculpting"

The Wieliczka Salt Mine looks pretty amazing.




WELL known to European tourists but passed by most globe trotters —who in their hurried journey across seas and continents, have no time to bestow on anything outside of the beaten tracks—are the salt mines of Wieliczka, Galicia, whose origin is lost in the darkness of the times, while their history is traced to about 1000 A. D. After being temporarily abandoned as a consequence of Tartar incursions and the resulting depopulation and impoverishment of the country, they were restored during the reign of Boleslas by immigrating Hungarian miners.

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.



PERHAPS Charlie Beal made mud pies when he was a kid. At any rate, the erstwhile Glacier National park cowboy amuses himself and many tourists with his clay models of objects and people in the park.

The photo below shows him with his latest creation, “A Stage Coach En Route.” Every characteristic of both the coach and animals is modeled in minute detail. The team of six horses straining to get the heavy stage over the crest of a hill is one of his best.

It provides a striking contrast to the huge trains of busses which now travel through the park. “Oldtimers” who have viewed the cowboy’s stage, declare that he has reproduced a famous old coach.

Brick Lion Guards City Hall (Mar, 1930)

While it does have that whole Minecraft/8-bit look about it, that is a pretty terrible rendition of a lion.

Brick Lion Guards City Hall

AN INTERESTING illustration of what can be done with common, ordinary brick is demonstrated by the modernistic lion that guards the door to the City Hall in Ruestringer, Germany. Several thousands of brick were required to make this figure which is an integral part of the structure. The irregular spacings provided the greatest difficulty but were overcome by a miniature scale model. This is but one example of the many uses to which brick are being put.

Model Monsters (Aug, 1945)

Model Monsters

Copied live or more times lifeline. ordinary insects are earful, fantastic creatures.


Senior Technician, Department of Insects and Spiders, American Museum of Natural History AMONG the most startling exhibits in a museum of natural history are enlarged models of small or microscopic creatures which, though always with us, commonly pass unnoticed or unseen. A housefly as big as a house-cat is a terrifying object, with a weird blank face like the mask of a Martian monster, and an uncouth coat of spines. A flea, made large enough to serve six at dinner, stands revealed as most admirably streamlined, and thus enabled to slip unimpeded between hairs.



Table-top photography is more than just a hobby with Mr. E. Heimann, F.R.P.S., F.I.B.P. of London, England; it has become a real science and a profitable one.

He started photographing table-top models for his own amusement years ago and as he became more experienced, found there was a demand for his pictures. Thereupon he left his office job and concentrated upon his new art.

King Coal’s Sculptor (Mar, 1950)

King Coal’s Sculptor

By H. W. Kellick

A dirty hunk of coal is the last place where you’d look for beauty. But every day Charles Cunningham of Summit Hill, Pennsylvania, conjures beautiful animals, art objects or busts of famous people out of ugly lumps of anthracite.

To work this black magic, Cunningham goes down into the mine himself to pick out his own pieces of coal. Back in his home shop, he splits a big hunk with hammer and chisel to the size he wants for his new creation. Then he carefully chips and carves this piece into shape. Just how he gets the mirror-like surface that marks his masterpieces, though, is one magic rite he won’t reveal.

Giant Mt. Rushmore Memorial Completed (Jan, 1942)

Giant Mt. Rushmore Memorial Completed

HUGE faces of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt carved atop 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota were recently completed, after 14 years of blasting and chiseling by famed Gutzon Borglum. The faces are of a size proportionate to men 465 feet tall. Borglum died last year and the great task was finished by his son.

Is Your Mascot Missing? (Dec, 1955)

Is Your Mascot Missing?

The passion for authenticity among classic car owners means money in the bank to Clairmonte.

Don Clairmonte of New York City’s Greenwich Village is a one-time car salesman who turned sculptor. One of his specialties is restoring, reproducing and creating mascots to ride up front on rejuvenated classics and custom jobs. His copies are chrome or nickel-plated bronze castings, and there’s no way of telling them from the real McCoy.