I completely agree with your comment about 'fantastic artwork', DOHC, I have always admired the skill, the manual dexterity of those who produced steel engravings, litho plates and fine woodcuts. Mankind has not developed much over thousands of years, if at all, let alone one hundred. The skills demonstrated on so many types of artifact seem impossible now, in a time when people rely on technology, and no longer have the patience and determination to learn such skills. If they did, it's unlikely they would be paid a living wage for doing so!
I don't know how this is made, Tony, but the last elephant pic represents an area that is smaller than one square inch. Do you think that some kind of photo-etching technique is used? I think this also takes us closer to how stamps are done, no? Nevertheless, there is some fantastic artwork on steel in bespoke rifles and shotguns, of many different styles and techniques. It's a craft that sadly is becoming less common, if it ever were.
Edited by Tony Matthews, 10 January 2010 - 20:44.