My engraving is pretty much confined to 18th C. American longrifles. Barrels, locks, inlays, ect., and in the styles of that period. My work is better than a beginner, but not "pro" enough for anything beyond what I work on. Early American gunsmiths were seldom really good at engraving, although there are some exceptions, so I can get away with less than great work, but I do want to be better than I am.
At this point in my engraving career I will only engrave my own knives that I make. My most valuable lesson so far has been the tutotial on sharpening the 120 degree graver and the flat graver. Thanks again Sam. Jack Davenport
I am still honing my skills but once I have the confidence, I plan to engrave mostly knives. I've been riding motorcycles for 37 years and hope to do some various motorcycle parts also.
Additionally, I have a lot of ideas to engrave various things I possess. Silver items like pill boxes and cigarette cases. I have done a bit of checkering on ferules of old tools and plan to do some floral patterns on brass and steel knobs.
That being said, at this point in time I have predominantly been engraving practice plates.
I have engraved on most of the media listed on the poll, but, due to influence from a friend who is an artist, she convinced me to try making my engraving into wall art, so we are on a print making endeavour, we printed off a practice plate and it transfered very well, so now I am in the middle off doing a real plate, the image is finished, currently doing the scroll work border. I am kind of winging it though, so if anyone has suggestions feel free to chime in. I will post the finished piece when it is completed.
They make great practice pieces and people actualy like them.
I think every engraver should think about engraving their doorknobs, its the first thing people touch when they come into your house. I feel engraving is as much about touching as it is visual. Have ever noticed when you show people your engraving they cant help but touch it?