Here Jim Trice hand carves his own figures in 1956. Note that his wife brings him a cup of tea and then shows off his figures to her friend. I don’t think my wife has ever done that, but then my wife didn’t look 50 when she was in her 20s. The link is: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/hand-carved-soldiers/query/models.
Yet Another Old School Toy Soldier Film