Ken Hurst

Keith

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Ken Hurst Passed away last night at 7:30 pm from Cancer.
There will be no funeral service.
He was responsible for so many getting their start in the engraving world.
He was a mentor to many and will be missed.
RIP Ken.
 

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Ken was a true old time American master. He taught himself to engrave using sharpened triangular files and a ball peen hammer. From that humble beginning, Ken progressed to the point that, at one time, he was master of a gun engraving shop employing several engravers. Several of his former employees are today top gun and knife engravers.

I have included a picture of Ken from 2010 and a couple of close-ups of a shotgun he engraved at the same time.
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I attended all of Ken's engraver get togethers in N. Carolina. He will be sadly missed! He was always willing to share any and all of his techniques. He was the first to teach me how to set gold inlays. He gave me the piece of ivory that I carved into a Golden Eagle "cameo". I offered it to Ken, but he wanted me to keep it. I will treasure it in his memory.

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Dedicated to KEN HURST "IN MEMORIUM"
 
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Ken was such a wonderful teacher/mentor ...always ready to talk and help anyone willing to learn. I stopped in to see / learn numerous times. He was always the true Southern Gentleman.

Occasionally, he would share one of his life experiences; some quite humorous, like his time playing football at East Carolina University ... and dating while there ... and others, not so much, when he was in the military in Vietnam.

The photo below is a gun that he engraved...it was an "old beater" that he bought at an auction and preceeded to transformed it into a work of art.

May God bless you Ken, as you have blessed so many others who have had the privilege to spend time with you.
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Archie Woodworth

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I have included a picture of Ken from 2010 and a couple of close-ups of a shotgun he engraved at the same time. [ATTACH=full said:
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Roger, I remember him showing me the same gun as he was working on it ... he included so much detail in that scene ... there was even a small rabbit that he had almost hidden in the scene.
 

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Sorry to hear of Ken's passing. We'd never met but emailed and talked on the phone a few times. Heartfelt condolences to his family.
 
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I am not an engraver, but I do appreciate the work that engravers do. Ken was a long time acquaintance and friend of mine. He and Julie were also great to me and my friends when we would visit. I own many guns that Ken engraved for me over the years. I will miss him!!
 

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Ken did a lot of work on shotguns I built in the late 1980's and early 90's. Was always a pleasure to talk and discuss projects with him. RIP
 

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