Wednesday, June 19, 2013
In the trenches!
It is called "Trench Art" and from what we understand (we are not experts) the art form began as soldiers during WWI carving into shell casings as they were hunkered down in the trenches.
Shortly after that it became more of a commercial endeavor and geared toward more artistically inclined folk as shells of various sizes were collected from the field and made into all sorts of amazing things!
After wars ended civilians would gather the empty casings to create items and art of their own as a means of commerce building after war.
Here are some examples of "Trench art" which a friend of the shop brought by.