I am a second generation engraver. My roots in engraving began with my grandfather and his brothers, the Hancks, who ran a successful silversmithing studio in Chicago in the early 20th century, their work considered very collectible today. My grandfather was an engraver for most of his life. While a stroke ended his career and prevented him from teaching me how to engrave, I inherited his tools, and years later I taught myself the trade.
I specialize in 19th century “factory style” engraving, which consists of simple scrolls and leaf patterns commonly found on firearms that were engraved by artists who worked for the Colt, Winchester, and Remington firearms factories. These manufacturers produced the classic Old West cowboy guns used by many on the frontier, and popularized in Westerns. While these engravers did (and still do) fancy banknote-style engraving on rifles and pistols that were strictly…
- Joined May 24, 2008