Was The Somerton Man an Artisan ?
A worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand.“street markets where local artisans display handwoven textiles, painted ceramics, and leather goods”
The following excerpts have been taken from Arts & Crafts Stencilling, written by W.G.Sutherland.
Stencilling is a handy and entirely practicable means by which the decorator may apply his own ornamental detail. It is not merely a cheap substitute for hand-painting, or a short cut, but a craft itself.
Tools and Equipment
The tools used in stencilling and stencil cutting are few and simple. To take the cutting equipment first, one requires a good sheet of plate glass about two feet square, or larger, a stencil knife, and an oilstone.
As to the knife itself .. Almost any good blade of a shape readily capable of being sharpened to a point will serve as a stencil knife, and I have seen an excellent tool ground down from an ordinary table knife.
Almost any good blade of a shape readily capable of being sharpened to a point will serve as a stencil knife.
The knife must be kept always sharpened to a fine point, for the moment its keenness is lost, there is a loss of freedom in the cutting.
- One razor strop was found in the suitcase of the deceased.
Many craftsmen cut their stencil plates from Willesdon paper, which is tough and waterproof and cuts quite well.
- One piece of light board was found in the suitcase of the deceased.
Brushes and sundries.
The tools needed in applying stencils are also few and simple.
Stencil brushes or “tools” are so familiar in appearance, even to the veriest apprentice, as not to require description of any length. They are round, set generally in metal, and those generally used by decorators are made of hoghair. The hairs are of an even length, so as to present a flat surface of bristle ends.
Stencil pins will also be required. These are small but strong pins set in wooden heads big enough to grasp in finger and thumb, and their use is to pin the plate in position.
- Three safety pins were found in the suitcase of the deceased.
Note: The tools used in stencilling and stencil cutting are few and simple.
The man who has done a lot of cutting can design with a lead pencil, charcoal* or brush ..
*The black powder analyst Cowan was unable to identify may have been charcoal.
Note: the metal square (as pictured) was used to protect the sheathing from being cut by the knife blade.
Thanks to Boris for the heads up.
Header pic is of a stencil small enough to fit into a large envelope