As I was asked to post a few pictures of my scratching --- here they are. I don't know enough about computers to post so asked Mr. Canebreak to help, thanks Canebreak. This past summer makes 50 years of engraving firearms & I think I'm getting the hang of it --- enough so that I may make a career of it. My past history combines working as a custom shop master for both Colt and Win. with doing work with Tom and Bill Ruger as well. After leaving Colt, I started an engraving Co. and also sat up the engraving course for the state of N.C. at Montgomery Tech. Institute in Troy, N.C. I taught this course for a short time & turned it over to Mr. Jessie Houser (an apprentist of mine) while I went back to running my engraving co. in Linchburg, Va. Over the years, I have continued to work seven days a week , 10-15 hours a day . In the event anyone has questions, I would prefer you call me (910-221-5288) as I'm always in the shop & it takes me longer than most to answer emails. FWIW
Many years ago, I had to opportunity to meet Mr. Hurst briefly, and take a tour of his shop (at that time in Campbell County VA, near Lynchburg). Mr. Hurst was very much a gentleman, and the work in progress in his shop absolutely blew me away. Truly fantastic, high quality work. Good to see you are still around, sir- and still doing some fine carving in steel. Best wishes-
Thanks for the kind words guys. Yeah, that shop in Rustburg sometimes held as many as 1000+ guns waiting to be engraved. Of course, the bulk of these were production run orders for organizations such as peolice deptments and factory orders. But, what the heck --- they were still being bought by the average consumer gun collector.
I appreciate Art, and always impressed at the talent good Artists have. We have some very good Engraving Artists, that are available now. Mr Hurst is one of them. If you enjoy Engraving, it is something that you can enjoy during your lifetime, then pass on to your Children, and Grandchildren, for them to enjoy. A good Engraved Gun will last several lifetimes, with normal usage and care.