Recent content by MikieDu

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    Question: Gold Background

    Inlaying gold into backgrounds is about the same as any other inlay technique. This is a non-technical description, but I simply remove metal from the background, create a matrix of crosscuts in the voided area, and drive gold into the matrix. I use bold beads that I make up myself to complete...
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    Safe travel

    I don't have a trusty steed like Marty - I'll arrive Thursday via Delta.........I hope.
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    how to sharpen a liner?

    Every engraver eventually comes up with their own particular way of sharpening Liners. Some of that depends on how one uses the Liner. Here are three photos that I use in my classes along with our discussions and hands-on use of the power hone and Dual Angle Fixture. The first photo is a...
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    2019 Safari Auction Rifle Sets New Record

    I posted photos of the 2019 Safari Rifle here in late October 2018 when John Bolliger and I had finished the work. The rifle has been featured in the SCI Magazine and in other advertising leading up to the Saturday (January 12, 2019) evening Auction. Meanwhile, like with all other major...
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    Question before buying a grs airsystem

    I agree with Sam - all engravers, using power assist or push, need to be creative when making gravers and punches. Power Hones make it easier, speed the process and increase the accuracy and repeatability, but I still make my own punches for sculpting. Beading tools make up many of the punches...
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    Laser "engraved" Beretta

    When I visited the Giovanetti Bottega with the GRS Group in 2005, we saw rolling racks of Beretta receivers that were very lightly laser etched. The Bottega engravers were then recutting the etched patterns. This is the next step, then, in recreating hand engraving in the modern format...
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    Colt single action

    The answer here is to have the Colt "timed" by a competent Pistol Smith. Timing involves regulating when the pawl falls into the cylinder notch. Ideally, it is supposed to fall into the rounded entry channel just before the notch, but these guns were never timed at the factory - unless on...
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    How old are you?

    Wow: all my friends are kids - Senior 76, but engraving keeps me active and fulfilled.
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    Liner Gravers

    Thanks guys, it’s good to know that the Stubs brand lives, at least in the hands of craftsmen who enjoy using them.
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    Which direction to engrave a mug?

    I’ve probably engraved a thousand mugs, baby cups, chalices and many other assorted vessels like this. As the others suggested - ask the buyer first. I did read in an old Engravers journal that the person so honored to have their name engraved on their cup, should display that honor to those who...
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    Liner Gravers

    I haven’t been able to Google up any information about Stubs - but this tool looks to be very old.
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    Liner Gravers

    I agree with Mr. Roberts, NgraveR Co. makes great Liner Gravers. I would not agree that the Liner Graver is no longer acceptable in modern engraving, or that they are used for inferior work. Much of my work is done on Colt Firearms following the traditional and accepted style of the Old...
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    Something the Howitzer range?? A German 88 would do the job.
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    Bank note portrait graver.

    I agree - I just bought two new LED Lamps for my workstations - expensive, but wonderful. These Luxors have 270 LED bulbs with a diffuser screen, and the intensity is adjustable from light to BRIGHT!
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    John Bolliger (Riflemaker, Pocatello, ID) and I have partnered on many fine rifles over the years. He called recently to ask if I could do a dinosaur portrait? It seems one of our mutual clients for whom we've created several big game rifles, always theme dedicated to the game taken on his...