For you Civil War buffs
Posted by
cynd11
USA 
Joined Nov 8, '15 

I don’t typically do photo engraves (maybe they intimidate me too much) so up until now I have only done one (I did it for @nancielaing as a test, and I think she will agree that I did a pretty poor job). So this one was a real stretch for me. But I figured I had the perfect subject. This image is from a letter handed down the family, written by my great-great-grandfather to my great-great-grandmother early in the war. He was in 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry and they were in St. Louis to get their horses. (Later in the war he was imprisoned in Andersonville, but that’s another story).

Anyhow, the stationery that he used for the letter had this engraving or etching of the St. Louis fairgrounds on it, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I had to do significant cleanup on the scan to get the fold lines, etc, out. Here is the “before” image:

I did some shenanigans in Photoshop as well as the GFUI to get this done, since in one go it was too much for the GFUI. I’ll do a separate post in Beyond the Manual if you want to know what I did. Anyway, here it is in PG maple plywood:

Final dimension of the piece: 6" x 8.5. It’s okay as a first attempt but I think there is a lot of room for improvement. I did it now as my sister requested a copy of the scan so she could have it printed, and I thought she might like it engraved in wood instead.


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