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Wood Carving: Yesterday and Todan in America
Wood Carving Yesterday and Todan in America Author:Elmer L. Smith and Melvin J. Horst Shown and described here are selected wooden pieces that have been whittled carved, decorated and otherwise transformed from a simple natural resource into unique creations through the minds and hands of skilled workmen, taking these objects at least one step beyond the purely utilitarian. — Included here are some of the hand-made wooden pieces w... more »hich add a touch of the personal and unique- butter molds are utilitarian but the carved designs are of artistic meaning; maple sugar candy tastes the same whether in chunks or nicely molded figures; so our attention is given to the hand work and skill of the craftsman rather than the function of the object. Most of these pieces were made before the days of mass production, yet several examples are presented to indicate a contemporary tendency to preserve the traditional crafts in terms of both style and design.