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Get Into Custom Knife Engraving

Get Into Custom Knife Engraving

Rick Eaton makes custom knives, but he doesn’t stop there. He also engraves his custom knives, adding flush gold inlay and fine line shading. But he doesn’t stop there either — he also teaches other engravers how to do the same. As an instructor at the GRS...
Art Student Gets 2-For-1

Art Student Gets 2-For-1

College art students are famous for running low on time and money. Mitchell Lurth, a student in the Engraving Arts program at Emporia State University, cleverly designed one of his graded college art projects so it could also be his mother’s Christmas present....
Practice is Valuable

Practice is Valuable

A stainless steel key fob is a great way to practice your skills — especially before executing a technique on an expensive piece. Jeff Parke, who sharpened his engraving skills with a Sam Alfano lettering class at GRSTC, decided to try out gold inlay with background...
A Trompe L’oeil in Miniature

A Trompe L’oeil in Miniature

A technique dating back many centuries, trompe l’oeil or “fool the eye” is a creative method for making two-dimensional artwork appear as if tangible and three-dimensional. Mitch Moschetti, inventor of the fixtures seen in the new Cylinder Blocks™...
The Lumenesque Scroll

The Lumenesque Scroll

Sam Alfano has a treasure of knowledge stored up from his many years as a hand engraving artist. One beautiful design technique that he uses is his lumenesque scroll. This scroll technique has a beautiful and bright finish. It can be used for a variety of jewelry...
Musical “Lip” Service

Musical “Lip” Service

Using bright cut techniques, engraver Brian Powley finishes out the sparkling surface of these high-quality flutes with engraved designs. Unlike a bracelet, where you engrave and then curve the metal, the lip plate of flutes like these are already curved. “The...
A Gentleman’s Knife

A Gentleman’s Knife

Ralph Bone was a man with an excellent and remarkably broad skill set. He made knives, engraved and customized firearms, and taught many people what he had learned. He passed away in 2006. This stainless steel Buck knife is about 2.8″ long (blade closed). Ralph...
Embellishing Handcrafted Furniture

Embellishing Handcrafted Furniture

Sometimes engraving is the focus of a career. In John Cameron’s case, it’s the “icing” on his handcrafted woodwork. Working with wood for nearly two decades, John Cameron of Gloucester, Massachusetts, developed a curiosity about adding...
Aquamarine and White Gold, Cathedral-Style

Aquamarine and White Gold, Cathedral-Style

Creating a custom piece for a client using existing stones is a great way to turn out beautiful pieces of jewelry. This ring by jeweler Ron Finch is a piece he created for a customer using a large aquamarine stone. The stone, which measure approximately 18mm x 14mm,...
Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration

One of the goals of the Featured Photos section of the GRS site is to provide pieces of engraving, stone setting, and similar works so that another artist may be inspired. This copper bracelet, which may look familiar if you check out Featured Photos every Tuesday and...
What A “Purdey” Gun

What A “Purdey” Gun

Alain Lovenberg is a master of many styles. Whether he is working with lines or sculpting, his work is astonishing to say the least. For the detailed work Lovenberg engraved on the Quails Gun, he describes it here: “On this Purdey shotgun, the six American...
Custom Engraved Electric Guitar: Part 3

Custom Engraved Electric Guitar: Part 3

It’s finally done; Mitchell Lurth has now completed his first custom engraved electric guitar during fall 2009. Previously, in Part 1 and Part 2, you saw Mitch develop the design and then start engraving. After he completed the pick guard, Mitchell decided to...
A Masterful Progression

A Masterful Progression

Recently, Martin Strolz of Austria traveled to the United States to instruct his 5-day Grand Masters course at the GRS Training Center. His advanced course allowed experienced students to learn some of his techniques for designing layouts and engraving firearms. This...
Flippin’ Out

Flippin’ Out

This knife by Tira Mitchell, who teaches engraving at the GRS Training Center, shows just how you can use less and get more. Although the design may look complex to beginners, it demonstrates a great way to utilize design elements when planning a design. Comparing the...
Engraffiti™ by Weldon Lister

Engraffiti™ by Weldon Lister

Engravers seem to be by nature artistic, creative, and innovative. Most engravers enjoy finding new ways of going about their business, whether it is a time-saving technique or a new tool geometry. Weldon Lister is an engraver who likes to use the traditional tools of...
Michelangelo’s Bird of Prey

Michelangelo’s Bird of Prey

Luciano Bosis makes firearms, and he makes them well. A beautiful, well-made gun like this Michelangelo model is perfect and complete when paired with engraving. The model shown here, which is the Michelangelo Model by the Luciano Bosis Gunmakers (Fabbrica Armi...