I loved the video.
Yeah sadly those skill sets are gone on a production scale. BUT - the skill sets are not entirely gone. There are still carvers that do a fantastic job at what they do.
I am sure fabrication of those carved works was done using the best technologies available to them in that day, just as technology is used today.
Hand Carved Signs today are still highly prized items - as well as priced that way. Joe Crumley of Norman Signs in Oklahoma does hand carved signs. He is highly skilled and on the level of those in the video. His work is phenomenal.
There are still a few folks around who are in the same league, Mark Yundt comes to mind: http://woodworkingstudio.net/gallery2.html (he also has a blog apparently - just found that now when searching for him: https://woodcarvingblog.wordpress.com/).
The one thing not shown (much) there is the amount of work done before carving, I know that some of the people who do this will spend days drawing up the plans or making models before starting on a piece.
Fun stuff either way, pretty humbling to watch.
Very cool. Thanks for posting, Rob.
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Great video, thanks for posting it Rob. Oh man, about half way through that one guy preping for fine detail on that big block was taking off MASSIVE amounts of wood...lol...I would have been scared to death of it grabing and taking off more then I wanted, I can do a little carving, but no where even close to that kind of speed and accuracy that those guys displayed. Of course I don't do it every day all day long. I can imagine after a three apprenticeship the hand strenght of them guys must have been unreal...hate to have one of them guys grab me ... yikes...that would hurt like hell...no need for vise grips there...lol