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Fred Alten

 (1871 - 1945)
Fred K. Alten was active/lived in Michigan, Ohio.  Fred Alten is known for wood carver-naive animal.

Biography   Fred Alten


Born in Lancaster, Ohio, he spent his working life in Wyandotte, Michigan as a laborer and foreman at the Ford Motor Company. Leading a public life as a workman, he led a secret life as a wood carver. He painstakingly carved with a pen knife replicas of more than 150 present day and prehistoric animals, using an 1889 book entitled "Johnson's Household Book of Nature." This illustrated the works of John James Audubon and other 19th century naturalists. Many of his works were carefully sealed in wooden cages. Apparently he never showed these during his lifetime, and they were only discovered 30 years after his death.



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