- May 19, 2005
OMG, WHAT TALENT!! You Sir are a Master Craftsman!
Wow, really beautiful stuff.Fellows, your comments are greatly appreciated! Thanks.
I originally engraved my grip cap with a sunburst design:
Then I engraved the screw and it broke on me when I was tightening it down. Got a new screw from Rod, and decided that the grip cap engraving might not flow well with the rest of the rifle, so I filed it all off and came up with a different design.
Then I started to work on the lock plate and the cock. Found the compound curves on the cock to be a bit challenging:
Having some internet issues tonight so that's it for now.
Thanks for looking!
Wildcat2, Unlike a professional engraver would likely do, I draw most all my work freehand directly on the surface to be engraved. For a busy area such as a lockplate I usually apply a light coat of white spray paint and let it cure. It makes for a durable surface that will stand up to considerable erasing. Otherwise I just pencil a sketch on the metal and start cutting. If I am having trouble with a curve or circle sometimes I use a circle or ellipse template to help define my lines. For straight lines I usually scribe a light line with a scribe that has the tip polished into a tiny "ball" as that doesn't really scratch the metal but leaves a fine line that disapears with a little fine sanding.Beautiful work ,do you free hand your layout ? If so I am in trouble I can't even draw a stick person very well.