Engravings are done by hand with a chisel. No computers, no machines.
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PAINTINGS P-47 RECOVERY LETTERS HOME Indian Pictographs - Paint Rock, TX
The art of engraving has intrigued me
since I first became aware of it. Having
been in the graphic design business for many years, I considered embellished
metals to have a very unique appeal. Engraving
is an art that essentially adds beauty to ordinary objects.
For centuries mankind has had a desire to add personality and character
to reflect individuality onto things which he held in high esteem.
Therefore engraving has been around as long as man has had metal upon
which to work. From tools to
jewelry to weapons of war, people have desired to make things they were proud of
unique. Down through the centuries
the local styles of the period were reflected in engraving.
The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Celts and others all had distinct styles
that could be seen through the various art forms of their culture.
Within the last two hundred years engraving on firearms has been
transformed into a very high art form. European
craftsmen elevated this art and established known styles that have become very
popular to this day. As some of
these artists moved Westward, they took with them these engraving styles.
American style engraving was born from these European engravers who
simplified the European styles and adapted them to the needs of the faster paced
American market. As a lifelong
student of design, I try to gather inspiration from this broad pallet of styles.
It is a goal of mine to facilitate the design needs of the customer by
having an insight which will ultimately reflect his unique personality.
As an old world art, engraving is still executed with fairly primitive
equipment. Whether power assistance
is used or not, engraving is removing metal by means of a hammer and graver
(chisel). Engraving is a very
precise art, done under high magnification and requires a lot of patience.
The challenge of the different elements of this art has appealed to me a
great deal. I would like the
opportunity to meet your needs as an engraver.
Copyright © 2001 William Otto Carter, III