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Frequently Asked Questions
Are you still engraving?
What are you working on?
My own projects.
Why don't you update your website?
My website is up to date. When I complete an engraving project, I post it. It takes a long time to finish a museum quality piece, complete with case and accessories. Most Collectors want to unveil their newly engraved guns at a particular gun show and don't want any pictures of their new gun published before then, so I don't post anything on a gun that's been commissioned unless it's ok with the Collector.
Speaking of cases, why don't you use someone else's cases?
Shipping and insurance (to a casemaker and back) is prohibitive.
Do you use power gravers like the Lindsay Air Gravers?
No, I use old school tools - hammer, chisels and gravers. All my chisels and gravers are hand ground from M2 high speed steel. I make and heat treat my own punches and machine my own fixtures. The only engraving tools that I purchase are liners.
Do you do repairs or correct damaged, worn, rusted or compromised engraving?
What if it's yours, a piece you did years ago?
No thank you.
I have a great idea for an engraving project. Are you accepting any new commissions?
Sorry but no.
What would it take to get you to even consider taking on my project?
$200 per hour plus all expenses with the understanding that I don't know how long the job will take.
You've been doing this forever - why don't you know how long it will take?
Because you want something custom, something that will stand out, that you'll be proud to hand down to future generations. A custom anything is equivalent to a prototype - something new - an unknown with numerous mechanical, design and finishing challenges that has to be very carefully conceived, planned and executed. In the course of creating your prototype there will be unforeseen problems that will take an unknown amount of (my) time to solve.
Does this apply to just scroll coverage as well?
Do you go to gun shows?
I'm too busy engraving.
Would you consider teaching me to engrave?
I'm considering offering live video conference engraving classes via the internet.
When will you offer these classes?
I don't know.
If you do it, how will I know?
I'll announce it here on the website.
Did you engrave the Vampire Killer Colt Detective Special that's now on display at the NRA Museum in Fairfax VA?
What about copies of that gun that were done by Wayne DeAngelo and others? Did you have anything to do with those?
I have one of your engraved guns. Can you tell me how much it's worth?
Would you write a letter of authentication for a gun you've engraved?
Yes, if I have records that indicate I engraved it, or I remember engraving it, I will write a letter to document the engraving. These letters take a lot of time to research and compose. They are as extensive as possible and sometimes there's a lot of information that needs to be included to tell the whole story about a gun. Authentication letters are $250.