tisdag 17 januari 2017

Gutenberg kan lära dig mycket

Men för att bli en skicklig träsnidare krävs mer än teoretiska kunskaper. 
 The tool has to be held in such a way that none of the fingers nor the thumb is underneath it. The handle rests in the lower part of the hand, the fourth finger in the groove of the inner part of the handle and the third finger by its side; these two fingers touch the handle and keep it in position within the hand. Following the third and fourth, the two forefingers rest on the outer side of the blade while the thumb, extending beyond the fingers almost to the point, is on the inside. The thumb is the only part of the right hand that touches the block. The fingers touch each other in natural order: there need be no space between any. The tool should be laid flat upon the table, and may be taken up in one movement. Seen from below it should then show as. Held in this way the tool will pass flat over the wood without any obstruction from any part of the fingers or hand.
 Vilket inte betyder att du inte kan njuta av bilderna i John Beedhams bok "Wood Engraving". 
Jag hade ingen aning om vem John var, så jag fick vända mig till Wikipedia, som berättade:
Ralph John Beedham (1879-1975), occupies a unique position in the history of twentieth century wood engraving. He was a formschneider, probably the last person in England to serve an apprenticeship as a professional reproductive wood engraver.

“Miss Jenkyns reading Rasselas,” by Joan Hassall

Cranford (1851) by Elizabeth Gaskell – Captain Brown (who is reading 'The Pickwick Papers') denigrates Rasselas, thus offending Miss Jenkyns (who is a great admirer of Johnson).

Medan jag höll på att skriva det här så upptäckte jag vad Karin på FOX bloggade om igår.

2 kommentarer:

  1. Fina bilder. Gillar munken särskilt. Tack för länken!

  2. Sorry but I can't communicate in Swedish! I am Ralph Beedham's eldest great-grandchild; I found this while searching for more images of him & his work. Thankyou for showing some of the text and images from his book and linking to the Wikipedia article. The article is inaccurate in that it claims he couldn't draw. It is true that he mostly engraved the designs of others, but he was an artist in his own right and I have inherited may pieces which prove this. He was also a lovely man; I took my first steps walking towards him. I used one of the images above to illustrate the opening chapter of my unpublished novel. Thanks again for this post.