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  1. MikieDu

    Grandmasters 2019

    It was also an honor for me to be teaching my Grand Masters Class at the same time as Sams. While Sam's students were working on their beautifully designed project, my group of 12 were engraving a variety of Colt Firearms. Class members brought Single Action Army Colts of various barrel...
  2. MikieDu

    Announcement: Steven P. Fjestad

    Steve was a wonderful man and an outstanding proponent for the art of engraving. He is irreplaceable, and we will miss him.
  3. MikieDu

    New Engraving Class

    I have been teaching hand engraved at the Marc Admas School for the past four years. My classes have been for beginners and using hammers and chisels. In 2019 Marc is going to expand his curriculum to include air-powered engraving. The School is located just south of Indianapolis at Franklin...
  4. MikieDu

    Stonewall Jackson Rifle

    Thanks, I'll be at the Ohio Gun Collectors show this weekend at the FEGA table with Mike Fennel and Brian Powley. The Stonewall rifle will be on display - stop by an visit!
  5. MikieDu

    Stonewall Jackson Rifle

    I have shown a few incidental photos of this rifle in other threads including the one about "Hand Push". I just got it all put back together yesterday and these are my first shop photos of the completed rifle. The base rifle is a "Henry Original," a faithful reproduction of the 1860 Henry...
  6. MikieDu

    Help, please: hand push engraving

    RB: I spend lots of time engraving but little time on the it all seems new to me. "Hand Push" caught my eye, and because I was into the Stonewall portrait at the time, it seemed like a good time to respond.
  7. MikieDu

    Help, please: hand push engraving

    Thanks Paps - or perhaps praying. In my study of Stonewall, his troops said he prayed before, during an after a battle.
  8. MikieDu

    Help, please: hand push engraving

    No Marty - this was not a Vintage Henry, but it isn’t a Uberti either. This gun is one of the new “Original Henry’s” from Henry Company
  9. MikieDu

    Help, please: hand push engraving

    It's difficult to develop the skills needed for hand push engraving, and that development can go on for years before one gains a "feel" for the tools. It's a seemingly simple process - pushing a graver through metal - but there is a huge amount of practice that goes on through an engraver's...
  10. MikieDu

    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...
  11. MikieDu

    Safe travel

    I don't have a trusty steed like Marty - I'll arrive Thursday via Delta.........I hope.
  12. MikieDu

    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...
  13. MikieDu

    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...
  14. MikieDu

    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...
  15. MikieDu

    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...
  16. MikieDu

    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...
  17. MikieDu

    How old are you?

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

    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.
  19. MikieDu

    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...
  20. MikieDu

    Liner Gravers

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