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.
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
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
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.