hand engraving

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by wrightbuiltarmory, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. wrightbuiltarmory

    wrightbuiltarmory New Member

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  2. joseph engraver

    joseph engraver New Member

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    You have a long way to go ,but you are headed in the right direction.
     

  3. wrightbuiltarmory

    wrightbuiltarmory New Member

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    Thanks so lets see some of your stuff
     
  4. joseph engraver

    joseph engraver New Member

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    Some of my stuff

    A few guns I engraved,are youworking with a hammer and a chisel?
     

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  5. joseph engraver

    joseph engraver New Member

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    If you are serious you need better tools, check out the hand engraving forums.Here is more stuff.
     

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  6. wrightbuiltarmory

    wrightbuiltarmory New Member

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    Yes i know IM using a grs system now which is OK on wood but looking in to the Lindsay system for metal work
     
  7. cre10

    cre10 New Member

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    Wow, Joseph, excellent work! You can tell who the professional and who the novice is :) That is really good work!

    Just on average how long does it take you to do a pistol? rifle? It looks very time consuming. How long have you been engraving?

    Wright, maybe practice some more in some coloring books ;)
     
  8. droes

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    I have recently purchased a Lindsay graver and love it. I am a 19 year old machinist and love working with my hands. I purchased it because I don't have anything better to do when I am not at work and I don't have enough money to buy a milling machine and a lathe, and I want to be a gunsmith in the near future. It is a relatively cheap investment compared to buying a mill and lathe to work on.
     
  9. joseph engraver

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    Thank youCre10,I worked as a pro engraver for 27 yrs.Was once the Chief engraver of Winchesters Custom shop.I am retired from engraving now and live in Mexico.I never counted hours in my work.I counted days,some pieces took 40 others 100 or so.
    Dros,you have great equipment,I recommend you forget about being a gunsmith and concentrate on engraving,Better work, money, and less hassels,I have been both.
    Have a great day
     
  10. droes

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    Haha I love machining as well. What do you use to remove background and inlay work? I have heard of some people using dentist drills or something like that. I have to experiment with some of my different graver geometrys but I would like to know what the good guys use. Thanks
     
  11. joseph engraver

    joseph engraver New Member

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    Steve Lindsay has the answer to all your tool questions.
    I was a stand-up engraver and worked with hammer,small chisels and push gravers. Here is what my work bench looked like.
    I have written a book titled "A Gifted Man,memoir of an artist".It is available on line.You might find it helpful,wish you the best.
     

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