I'm surprised that no one has of yet started a thread about
Czeslaw Slania (22 October 1921 – 17 March 2005)
Master engraver, Royal Court Engraver of Sweden, engraver of over 1000 stamps for 29 countries, also
engraved banknotes including a $5 bill for Canada, Slania was
not only the ultimate in engraving but also worked fast and was very prolific.
There is lots of info about him online but one of the best sites is this by Ann Mette Heindorff (1942-2009)http://www.slaniastamps-heindorffhus.com/
When I first started collecting Sweden by way of subscription to Swedish Post in the early 1970s
I noticed that some stamps really stood out and they were the ones usually withCZ.SLANIAsc.
engraved on the lower right border.
It was stamps like this Women in Sports
set that drew me to his work.
The engravings were so clean, uncluttered yet appeared almost like
photos of these women.
Scott 914 - 918 1972
Here is what Guillaume Broux the Belgian engraver told Adrian Keppel
(AKPhilately) in an interview which was included in the November 2017 issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly:When I visited him, he explained to me why lines run the way they do.
Why he used a full line in some places and a dotted line in others.
Where lines had to be cross-hatched and when the little squares within these hatched lines had to be filled in with dots.
How he used different lines for where skin was soft and skin was harder.
Every line in the drawing was the result of a conscious and reasoned decision.