Wasn't sure where to introduce myself (new member)

WValtakis2

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When I was a kid back in the 90's I took engraving courses at Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA (taught by John Baraclough)...somehow life got in the way and I never really got a chance to dive into engraving like I dreamed. Fast forward twenty years and I came across a full Airgraver setup for a good price and I jumped on it. If it's ok, here's a link to a thread I started on Bladeforums when my equipment arrived a few weeks ago with my scratching so far: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/so-i-bought-an-airgraver.1643738/

I look forward to digging through the forums here, I've already seen some recent posts by John Baraclough which made me grin...I like to think I read them in his voice:).

~Wilfred "Chip" Valtakis II
 

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Always fun to hear news from an ex-student.
Good to have you back in the engraving family, Chip.
And to see you active on the Cafe Forum.
Hope you enjoy your new tool acquisitions and post some pics of your work soon.
 

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Hi John! That summer break at 15 taking your courses was definitely the most fun I ever had at summer school;)

Here's a few pics... I've been doing practice plates but I can't help myself not to engrave random personal items too, lol.









~Chip
 

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Thanks for posting the good pictures of your work Chip.
I remember you were a youngster of 15 when you took the engraving classes and we had to get special permission for you to be able to take the college classes.
You did a good job for someone just getting back to engraving after 20 years absence.
I see on the knife forum you discussed adding some shading and I think shading and background removal would help, especially on the Celtic knife design.
Very nice job on your monogram. Your rose would benefit from some shading IMO.
Best wishes and keep going.

I
 
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