stage of manufacture (pastimes: toys)

Partially finished wooden toy cow cut from a block, with ears, horns and teats added. One of the horns is detached and missing. One of 17 specimens illustrating the stages in making wooden cows and elephants. The technique used is one of turning a large block on a lathe to produce in cross-section the shape of the animal desired. Individual animals are then cut radially from the block and finished.

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