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    More Inspiration on Nature

    url isn't working for me.
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    Raymond J. Wielgus - Art Institute of Chicago

    Some of the Harding Collection as it was displayed for many years. I haven't been there in a few years, I know things have changed around, so I don't know what is currently on view. https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/6201/armor-from-the-harding-museum
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    Raymond J. Wielgus - Art Institute of Chicago

    Raymond J. Wielgus (1910-2010) and his wife gave twenty five of his engraved firearms to the Art Institute of Chicago. Here is a stunning 1911, click his name on the page and you'll see the others. https://www.artic.edu/artworks/69876/colt-model-1911-semi-automatic-pistol I don't believe any...
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    Engraved 1953 Beretta

    A few historic crockets, lots of variation but they share a consistent overall massing and the general way light and shadow define the form.
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    Engraved 1953 Beretta

    Thanks for all the feedback. Some of the stories remind me of a some of the old stone carvers. I worked with one in Italy when I was 20-21 years old, he was phenomenal at roughing out large sculptures in marble. Sledge hammer, three pound lump hammer and a point chisel. There is a rhythm and...
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    Engraved 1953 Beretta

    For comparison, same year mine was produced, 1953, Beretta did an engraved .22 Plinker, model 948, which made the cover of American Rifleman. That one was signed by A. Baglioni, and they said it "required the major portion of each working day for 51 weeks". They also offered to make another like...
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    Engraved 1953 Beretta

    No, found it here. I don't have an importers license, only C&R. Not sure how I'd go about importing from Italy, especially because their laws are way stricter than any here.
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    Announcement: It’s a weim

    Weims are very cool, very smart. I carved one in limestone a couple years ago. (a treestump tombstone, installed at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA). But I didn't think to include a dog tag, that would have been a very nice touch.
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    Engraved 1953 Beretta

    Yes, I expected that when I bought it. (it is nicer than the photos I'd seen). I'm sure the lower level engravers at Beretta were put on this sort of production run, with time constraints placed on them, and if their skills developed, they moved up the ladder. So, they might not have had the...
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    Engraved 1953 Beretta

    BTW, judging from the chamber, I don't believe this has been fired since it was proof tested. :)
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    Engraved 1953 Beretta

    I have a couple of questions about this my 1953 Beretta 420bis, the engraved version of the model 418, .25acp. 1. might it be signed anywhere? 2. About how much time would the engraving have taken? I know on the Beretta shotguns the engravers often signed or initialed their work somewhere near...
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    Critique Request A rough design for a lion pendant

    I just happened across this in a book of wood carving patterns.
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    Critique Request A rough design for a lion pendant

    look carefully at what you do with the angle of the eye, shape of the iris and the eye socket. That is critical for getting the "lion" effect.
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    Critique Request A rough design for a lion pendant

    Currently yours is a lioness. Add a mane and you change the gender. Decide which you want to portray first...
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    Laser "engraved" Beretta

    Old thread I just stumbled on, the Beretta link from the original post is broken, but I found it on their site. Scroll down for the photos. They look strange to me- maybe just the lighting or some photoshop enhancement, but to my eye they look more like computer simulations, "virtual"...
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    Critique Request A rough design for a lion pendant

    and some pix from an old German book on animal anatomy, by Schaefer.
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    Critique Request A rough design for a lion pendant

    Here are a few reference images, from Materiaux et Documents d'Architecture et de Sculpture, A. Raguenet, circa 1880.
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    Limestone morning glory garland

    I was once involved in a 45 minute argument in a shop in Italy. I wanted them to drain the tank regularly; 80 gallon tank, must have had 50 or 60 gallons of greasy water in it (from humidity in the air) so water would drip and spray out of the hoses and onto the marble, carvers would spend a few...
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    Limestone morning glory garland

    When I was first training in Italy many of the shops had Ingersol's that the U.S. Army left behind after the war. Solid, reliable compressors, the shops resisted replacing or upgrading and kept those going as long as they could.

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