Thursday, March 31, 2011

NRA Convention in Pittsburgh

My son and I will be there on April 30th. Anybody else going? Let's get together for coffee.

Now I'm starting to sell stuff

Yep...I set up a page for sellin' stuff related to the "Engraving Community".

There's just a few things there for now, but I'll add to it when I get off my duff.

You're all welcome to stop by:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chipping away at the pile

"Before" and "After" pictures of a Ruger Single Six backstrap.
Not Bad..........

Monday, March 14, 2011

Typical Monday

Monday's always make me wish I didn't take the weekend off. There's so much work to do, I hate deciding where to start.
Today, I'm only using Chris DeCamillus' new HSS gravers.
I bought a hand full of them when they first came out and they are just as described.
I've already cut the loading gate of a Ruger Single-Six and the ejector rod housing. Now I'm cutting the backstrap with the same tool---haven't had to sharpen it yet.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

For Brownells' Catalog? Maybe!

I just received this picture from the President of the American Pistolsmiths' Guild, Marc Morganti.
Marc is also the genius at Gemini Customs
The guns are a set of very customized pistols that are going to be featured in upcoming issue of The American Handgunner Magazine and are going to be raffled sometime this year.
I engraved all 4 guns to match and compliment each other.
2011 is the 100th anniversary of the Colt Model 1911 .45, and it was only fitting that this model be used for this years' raffle guns.
The cost of the raffle tickets are usually around $20.00 each and are available through The American Pistolsmith's Guild :

I'm also told that this picture was sent to Brownells to use in their catalog.
I'm thinking COVER!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Restoration on a 1937 Fiat

Engraving is not just for guns.
Part of my business is restoring the original factory stampings on antique cars and motorcycles.
I use my engraving skills to re-cut logos, serial numbers and part numbers before they are painted or chromed.
The difference is incredible and in most cases, the parts do not look restored---they look factory new and increases the value of the vehicle.
Today, I reworked the lettering on these headlight rings for a 1937 FIAT Topolino.
The Topolino was considered one of the world's smallest cars. It got 40 MPG, but it's top speed was only 53 MPH.
You can see the difference in the "before and after" pictures. (From bottom to top)