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"G.C. Ahlbeck's"
Woodcut reduction print (see photos for various states of the carving and printing)
Edition of 9

Part of the "The Hunt" project. Participating artists were assigned items in the Oregon Health Sciences University research archives, to investigate and create work based upon.

“My” object at the OHSU research archives, is a set of cups and two bloodletting scarificators manufactured by G.C. Ahlbeck, “Chirurgisk Instrumentmakare,” in 1870. Although I had seen similar glass cupping sets before (they are popular in massage), the brass scarificators were entirely new to me.

Upon examining them, I could identify signs of their hand construction such as saw blade marks and solder lines. After some careful handling I was able to raise and lower the blade depth, cock the blades with the lever, and trigger the spring loaded action with the button. The blades passed in and out of the device so rapidly my eyes almost didn't register the movement. Although my stomach churned at the thought of being cut by those twelve rounded blades, fascination soon set in and I realized a relationship exists between this once high-tech tool and modern bloodletting tools.

Diabetics today utilize adjustable, spring loaded lancets to draw blood on a daily basis. The purpose is different, but the mechanics are similar. Even if you've never used a testing lancet, you've likely been exposed to advertisements touting the ease and comfort of the latest model. With this connection in mind, I created my vision of a 19th century advertisement for G.C. Ahlbeck's finely crafted product.

Shipped gently rolled in a wide tube via Priority Mail (domestic) or First Class Mail (international).

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G.C. Ahlbeck's Scarificator bloodletting woodcut print 20x24



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