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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!

Engraving – Ancient Ornamentation

Scrimshaw and engraving
Engraving began by ornamenting organics in prehistoric times. Today, scrimshaw is still in demand, but it takes a master engraver’s skill to control subtleties that convey the perception of depth as on this rifle’s forestock.
Photograph courtesy of Johann Fanzoj, Ferlach, Austria

The art of engraving has a history that dates back to prehistoric times. Records show that the art of engraving metal is nearly three thousand years old. In its most basic form, engraving is the technique of cutting grooves into the surface of any suitable material so they appear like lines seen face-up. This Continue reading Engraving – Ancient Ornamentation

The Beretta 486 Marc Newson

Beretta's Fernando Belleri (l) and  Cavalieri Ugo Gussalli Beretta (r)
Beretta’s Fernando Belleri (l) and Cavalieri Ugo Gussalli Beretta (r)

The journey of the Beretta 486 Marc Newson began in New York City on Halloween Eve in 2012, not with The Big Apple’s ghosts and goblins but with a meeting between Dottore Franco Beretta, the younger son of Beretta’s Continue reading The Beretta 486 Marc Newson