Am I missing it , I’m not seeing initials or an autograph any were on that engraving ? You do sign your work somewhere? Just curious as I’m used to looking at Belgian Browning’s and such.
I have been artistically inclined my whole life. I did a lot of private drawing and painting classes as a kid. Some art in high school and college. In high school all the guidance counselors and teachers pushed "STEM" saying you have to be "a doctor, engineer, biotech" college track. So I did all this advanced place (AP) math and science stuff. I was pretty good at this but it was really boring. As a senior I took a bunch of art just to fill my schedule as I only needed 1 class to graduate. The day I graduated my favorite art teacher approached me and said "I really wish you had taken art classes all the way through school. You're one of the most naturally talented artists to ever come through this school. "
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I can scratch that off my list of things I wonder how in the heck it is accomplished.Thank you gents. I start with a simple layout defining the borders and master lines of the pattern. After cutting these lightly witha narrow chisel, I set dividers to the width necessary to render the specified lines per inch. Each line is laid out with the dividers off the previous line and cut lightly with a narrow chisel. Once the full pattern is cut I use a 90' square chisel to slowly deepen and widen each line until every diamond forms a point. At the same time I continually deepen the borders as well until everything looks right. View attachment 1048270
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Often times it's the budget of the job that causes very simplistic animal scenes. I would rather turn down a job if the customer's budget won't allow for a minimum standard than put something out there that doesn't reflect my ability.Very nice, that checkering looks like something off a Manton flintlock.
You CAN. I have seen a lot of engraved guns with decent scrollwork but the wildlife and portraits should have stayed home.