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Chisel - Woodworking, circa 1996 Object Reg. No: SH 961503

Chisel used by Eva Schubert, circa 1996, to carve and sculpt wood in her studio in Nunawading. This chisel was a favourite tool of Eva's in her wood sculpting work as is evidenced by the amount of wear on the tool. She used it to chisel away wood in the carving process.

Eva Schubert was born in the northern German part of the former Czechosolvakia in 1922. After a time as refugees in post war Europe she and her husband lived in Bavaria until immigrating to Australia in 1955. It was in Australia that Eva first began to carve, learning from her husband who was a wood worker who had trained under a master craftsman. After her husband died she took over the business and increasingly developed her own style.
This chisel has a wooden handle which is smooth and polished from use. The handle is octagonal in shape and is split at the base near the metal neck from the force of the mallet strikes. The handle bears a makers mark and the initials of the artist who used it. The chisel blade is curved in a scoop like shape towards the end, it is dark metal and slightly rusty.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Eva Schubert
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 22.00 cm (Height), 2.00 cm (Width), 2.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: cultural identity, cultural traditions, german communities, german immigration, crafts, handcrafts, woodworking, tools, artistic practices, sculpture, artists, wood carvings
Themes this item is part of: Eva Schubert, German Migrant & Artist, 1958, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: woodworking
Inscriptions: On handle, stamped: W. CLARK. On handle carved: E.Sch.
User: Mrs Eva Schubert, Nunawading, Victoria, Australia, circa 1996

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