Alain, I am looking again and again at your steel preparation work, and the tool you did the dovetails with. You chased the dovetails, which means that you removed no metal, is that right? I see grooves, or dark parallel lines, running between the letters. Do these lines have the dovetails in them, chased into both sides of the groove? Is this so there is no raised steel to poke through your gold work?
I am very curious, and so very impressed. Your work is killing me with its beauty.