The Internet Craftsmanship Museum has a great profile on Wm. Dubin – “Wm. Dubin started his career as a sculptor working in wood. Upon seeing an issue of Model Engineer magazine on the newsstand one day he realized what his work was missing: “precision”. He was impressed by the beauty and precision of the steam engines he saw and felt that this precision was what he wanted to capture in his work. He bought a metal lathe and, with the help of a fellow artist and metalworker in the studio where he worked, set it up and began to make metal parts. He had no formal training in machining nor any experience, but went about learning the process on his own. “ [via] – Link.
Wm. Dubin’s work – Link.