Are you a full-time hand engraver, hobbyist, jeweler?

What best describes you and your engraving?

  • I'm a full time gun engraver.

    Votes: 8 4.0%
  • I'm a full time knife engraver.

    Votes: 2 1.0%
  • I'm a full time jewelry engraver.

    Votes: 3 1.5%
  • I'm a full time hobo coin carver.

    Votes: 2 1.0%
  • I'm a full time engraver who engraves many things (hobo nickels, guns, knives, jewelry, etc).

    Votes: 32 16.2%
  • I'm a jeweler who also does hand engraving.

    Votes: 43 21.7%
  • I'm a hobbyist and do engraving for pleasure and do not seek paid jobs.

    Votes: 58 29.3%
  • I'm a hobbyist and get paid for my engraving.

    Votes: 27 13.6%
  • I'm a knifemaker and engrave my own knives.

    Votes: 14 7.1%
  • I'm a gunmaker and engrave the guns I build.

    Votes: 9 4.5%

  • Total voters


Chief Administrator & Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Nov 6, 2006
Covington, Louisiana
Thread starter #21
Maybe we should have a poll on how many of us are on SS. That is to say, getting old.
Thanks for the good idea, Sam. I started another poll. I didn't ask about SS as we can probably figure that out based on age. Of course folks are welcome to mention that in replies if they like :)
May 5, 2016
Orlando Florida
Hey Sam, Look to the back of the room and see they guy waving.....That's me! I am a first class bottom of the barrel just starting to learn New-bee! They don't come any newer then me. So I guess that puts me into amateur hobbyist category But I am learning fast!!!

I have watched all your you tube videos and just received your graver sharpener DVD that my Fiancee Jane bought me for my birthday. I really learned a lot and enjoyed watching it.

I have no idea where this will take me but one day I hope to earn the title of master engraver.

Just so you know it was your work and the the work you have posted on the internet particularly the firearms engravings which have inspired me in wanting to learn this field of study. I look forward to meeting you one day.
Jul 9, 2013
Mesa Arizona

Hey Sam, I started off as a chainsaw carver that went to small wood carving to stock engraving to forging to finally engraving, was just playing around as an artist, but now I'm starting to get more business than I was expecting, I engrave watches and knives mainly....will some day make the jump to full time artist, but as a trauma nurse I make more doing this, and its hard to walk away from a sure paycheck. so lets see what the future holds.
Apr 4, 2015
Largo Fl
41 years as a professional chimney sweep & mason operative and speculative. I also have been a fiirearms mfg for the past 12 years. I started hand engraving due to a motorcycle accident( 7 herniated disc ). luckily i had bought my other half Di a palm control classic . She never quite picked it up... head visor not enuff . I picked it up about 14 mos ago and started cutting haven't looked back since. Funny thing is i cut on a colt officers and ended up with a very similar job to mr Rigel no where near as clean but almost the same design it must have made a impression on me since it stuck in my head enuff for me to pattern like it . So far i have had one 3 day class but will be taking more soon i intend to engrave full time out of my house once we are done moving to a new location .

Eugene Carkoski

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Jun 24, 2012
Omaha, Ne.
I will be 75 next month, In 1980 I bought a graver meister to replace the hammer and chisel, I made the decision then that I probably wouldn't be good enough to make a living doing engraving. I had a good job and a young family, So I made the decision that it would be a hobby that I loved.
If it takes me a year and a half to do a five hour job, so be it. I want to thank all you people out there that still inspire me, to do something I enjoy. Thank you


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Aug 14, 2016
I'm actually a hobbyist who casts or fabricates jewelry and am doing research into using gravers to set stones in pieces that I have made. I prong set already but want to increase my repertoire. The plan is eventually to start a small business to sell some of my work...

Omar Haltam

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Jan 27, 2014
Raleigh, NC
Full Time Jeweler and watch smith
i have a signature engraver at the store , but i am learning hand engraving to use at store and hobby
i am 44 years old

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