Saturday, December 24, 2011

Another Heirloom Created

As a perfect finish to my work week and right in time for Christmas, I just finished this Prayer Box that will become a family heirloom.
Merry Christmas! God loves all of you!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Not just self promotion---this time.

Instead,I'm encouraging you to enjoy the artistic talents of my good friend Tira Mitchell at "The Engravers Notebook"
Here's the direct link to her article:

And while you're there, look around:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Out of the Darkness

Whilst trying to crawl out of this week's "Dark Place", a vision emerged and took on a life all it's own.
I needed that. Thanks Mom!
A Nagahara flute never looked so good.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The reason why I failed Art in school

The teacher said I couldn't learn and I lacked "Vision"

They're here!

...and they are nice.....and they are sold out!
The first commemorative Lapel Pin remembering Jefferson Union High School.

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Sneak peek

Wanted to get these done sooner, but it's been a bit overwhelming lately.
These should be available early 2012.
(Yes, I know this pic is Photoshopped, but this is darn close to the real thing)

Friday, December 9, 2011

The vision has begun.

I'm starting to engrave another "Masterpiece". This is one of a two gun set that is the 2012 Guns of the Year and will be featured in a later issue of "The American Handgunner Magazine"
It doesn't seem to look like much more than some squiggly lines, but my eyes see something else.
Stay tuned...........

Not Glitter, but Gold none the less

Every once in a while you just have to stop and "clean" up the mess.
When working with precious metals, little shavings, bits and tiny pieces end up on the floor. It's always a good idea to sift through the dirt---YOU NEVER EVER THROW IT AWAY!
This may not look like much,but believe me, it is over half an ounce of pure 24k gold swept up from the floor.
I think this is called "Pay Dirt".

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Prayer box Keepsake

A unique, simple but beautiful keepsake.
Make it an heirloom with personalized initials.
$24.99 gets it to you in time for Christmas.

Go to for more details

Friday, December 2, 2011

To the "Sons & Daughters of the Brown and Gold"

A beautiful lapel pin that proudly honors the alumni of Jefferson Union High School.
"Yellow Jacket Pride" runs deep and here's a great way to keep the memory of a great school alive.
After many hours in the studio, I believe I've designed a perfect tribute to J.U.H.S. in gleaming Brown and Gold.

Timber Wolf

Got bored during a local gun show and decided to engrave this Dakota Arms grip cap.
...and it's for sale too.
For more info, go to

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A montage for Ed Brown

Here's a montage of some engraved "Ed Brown" manufactured parts for 1911 style pistols:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Going Fishing

A custom one from Blind Horse Knives:
The handles are mammoth ivory= 10,000 years old.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Special Forces 1911

Starting another pistol to commemorate our Special Forces and 100 years of the Colt 1911.

Monday, October 17, 2011

In honor of me?

I just can't believe they did this for me.
More than humbling, isn't it?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Feelin' small

Reaching for the utmost detail in some pretty small places.
Attempting English Scroll on 303 Grade Stainless Steel.
Yes---that is a dime in the picture. I added that for perspective.
We are talking really small.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wilson Combat

Just finished this one---A 100th Anniversary Commemorative Pistol

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Celtic Flute Bling

More Bling for my Flute Friends.
This time it's Celtic.
(Of course, the pictures are "Before and After" the magic begins)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A great new idea

I came up with the idea of a "Prayer Box" while doodling on the metal lathe.
These are nice and will make for a cherished heirloom that will get passed down from generation to generation.
I designed these to be either left plain, initialed or highly decorated with engraving. I suppose someone could set precious or semi-precious stones in them too.
They look great just as they are, but you can see the one I'm engraving for my wife is going to be sensational.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time to launch...and it's free (for now)

Hi friends! I've been chipping away at the idea of an on-line magazine for a while and decided that it's time to launch it.
FWIT...this is not a forum. There's no way I'm even going to try to horn in on this territory. You guys already got that figured out. This is different.
I have some HUGE sponsors that promise to promote this on a global level and I am encouraging anyone that is interested to drop me a line and see if you have a good story to tell.
Who knows? This may be the place where the world finds you.
Being the only contributing writer, you'll find the content is rather thin at the moment, but you gotta start somewhere,right? (and frankly, my wife is SOoooo tired about hearing me go on and on about this project, I either have to give it a shot or shut it up.)
There's a good chance that this just isn't a worthy endeavour, and it may wither on the vine. Time will tell.
I have several articles in the works as we speak.
Here's a little teaser that will soon be posted on "The Engravers Notebook"..."Knowing you are losing on this job will not inspire you to do your best work on it. In fact, you are more likely to give the other side the “Bum’s Rush” just to get it out.
The flip side to this argument is not knowing if you are making money…an even worse situation.
There’s almost nothing less inspiring than finding out you lost your shirt after the job was done. You realize that you just gave away hard earned money. That customer became your favorite charity for the length of time you spent on his gun, knife, ring, whatever."

I'll see ya' down the road on this one.
"The Engravers Notebook"

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The portable work station

Threw this together to add some interest to the Ohio Gun Collector's gun show

Friday, July 15, 2011

There I go again

Must be doing something right when the work gets featured on another web site.
Outwardly, I'm blushing (not really), but inwardly, I'm doing a "High-Five".

Thanks GRS!
GRS Tools: Featured Photos

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Not just "All work and no play"

That is 6 Gallons of Sweet Red Concord wine in the works.
When this is ready, I'll be ready---and I share.

Inspiration for Simone

Für meinen guten freund Simone, die Graveurmeister.
Alles was ich brauche ist gute Flöte und wenig Zeit

For my good friend Simone, the master engraver.
All I need is a good flute and little time.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Let's help those locked out NFL Players

Hundreds of Professional Football players in our very own nation are going to be locked out, forced through no fault if their own to live at well below the seven-figure salary level they have been receiving. And as if that weren't bad enough they could be deprived of their life-giving pay for several months, possibly even longer, as a result of the upcoming lockout situation. But here's the GOOD news -- YOU can help!

For only $27,080 a month, only about $902.75 a day (that's less than the cost of a large screen projection TV), you can help an NFL player remain economically viable during his time of need. This contribution by no means solves the problem totally, as it barely covers the annual minimum salary, but it IS a start, and every little bit helps!

Although $900 may not seem like a lot of money to you, to a football player it could mean the difference between spending the lockout golfing in Florida or on a Mediterranean cruise. For you, nine hundred dollars is nothing more than a month's rent, a mortgage payment, or a month of medical insurance, but to a football player, $900 will partially replace his daily salary.

Your commitment of only $900 a day will enable a player to buy that badly needed home entertainment center, trade in his year-old Lexus for a new Ferrari, or enjoy a weekend in Rio .


Each month, you will receive a complete financial report on the player you sponsor. Detailed information about his stocks, bonds, 401(k), real estate, and other investment holdings will be mailed to your home. Plus, upon signing up for this program, you will receive an unsigned photo of the player lounging during the lockout on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean (for a signed photo, please include an additional $150). Put the photo on your refrigerator to remind you of other peoples' suffering.


Your NFL player will be told that he has a SPECIAL FRIEND who just wants to help in a time of need. Although the player won't know your name, he will be able to make collect calls to your home via a special operator in case additional funds are needed for unforeseen expenses.


I would like to sponsor a locked-out NFL player. My preference is (check below):

[ ] Offense [ ] Defense [ ] Special Teams [ ] Entire team

Please charge the account listed below $902.75 per day for the duration of the lockout. Please send me a picture of the player and my very own Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner) pin to wear proudly on my hat (include $80 for hat).

Your Name:____________________Telephone Number:___________________

Account Number:__________________Exp.Date:_______

[ ] MasterCard [ ] Visa [ ] American Express [ ] Other


Alternate card (when the primary card exceeds its credit limit):
Account Number:_______________________ Exp.Date:_______
[ ] MasterCard [ ] Visa [ ] American Express [ ] Other


PS. If you have a little extra, in your charity would you please enclose something for the needy cheerleaders. Contrary to public opinion, cheerleaders ARE people too.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

In the beginning

A customer sends me his gun,a nice fat check,and says "Send it back when my money runs out!"
OK......Here we go!