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Style Trends – Scratching The Surface

A collaboration of goldsmiths and gunsmiths. Bottom view of an exquisite hunting rifle featuring partially blued steel, various hand engraving techniques, gold and enamel. Photograph courtesy of Johann Fanzoj, Ferlach, Austria
A collaboration of goldsmiths and gunsmiths. Bottom view of an exquisite hunting rifle featuring partially blued steel, various hand engraving techniques, gold and enamel.
Photograph courtesy of Johann Fanzoj, Ferlach, Austria

The ornamentation of metal surfaces is a vast and fascinating topic for metal bugs like jewelers and goldsmiths or gun manufacturers. Although the first works primarily with precious metals and the latter with a variety of steel alloys, there’s a lot of common ground. It is impossible to draw a clear line between them, because over the five plus millennia that humans have been processing metals, countless techniques have evolved, some of which are more straightforward than others. Continue reading Style Trends – Scratching The Surface

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Damien Connolly – Engraver and So Much More!

Mini Kentucky rifle Connolly
A 1:15 scale Kentucky long rifle. Fully functional and with a rifled bore of .098″ it weighs just one ounce.

In 1970, a young Vermonter named Winston Gordon Churchill applied for a job as an engraver at Griffin & Howe, then located in New York City. Even with no formal training at the time, Churchill’s talent was so obvious Continue reading Damien Connolly – Engraver and So Much More!