On the Bench…

Finally back to work!

I’ve been off for a few months due to a neck injury (T5 & T6) but after months of physical therapy I’m just about pain free and trying to get back to work.

I have been turning work down and sending customers to other engravers while working on the neck issue. I hated doing that because some were very nice projects but I was not certain when I would be able to do the work. I worked on a Spyderco knife yesterday and worked pain free all day. However I woke up this morning with a very stiff and painful neck. I guess in my enthusiasm I over did it yesterday.

Spyderco Delica scrolls in progress.

Spyderco Delica scrolls in progress.

I decided to warm up the engraving muscles on a Spyderco Delica. You can see the scroll pattern and my progress. I’m changing the design as I go and added a shamrock and will add a few more to the other end.

Delica  scrolls and background removal.

Delica scrolls and background removal.

 

In the second photo you can see that I have started removing the background steel. This gives the knife a wonderful grip in your hand but best of all it gives a nice 3D look to the engraving. I will comeback and texture all these background cuts for a very black finish. That makes the engraving really stand out.

One of the projects that I have been working on is a 1911 slide with full coverage.

1911 slide progress

1911 slide progress

I was making great progress on this slide when I hurt my neck so I am very much looking forward to getting back to this project.

1911 slide engraving progress.

1911 slide engraving progress.

 

 

As you can see there is not too much left to complete. Just the top of the slide and then some final detail shading.

Looking fantastic.

 

Colt SAA design

Colt SAA design

 

While I have been away from engraving, I have been busy with design work. Here is a SAA with design transferred to the steel. Just waiting his turn on the bench.

This is very nice steel and should go quickly. Due date is Christmas so I’m not panicking yet.

 

Corkscrew knives with burl wood handles.

Corkscrew knives with burl wood handles.

 

Montana Artisan’s creations also waiting personalization. This is a simple lettering project on some wonderful wine opener knives. The craftsmanship of these knives is wonderful and they will make great Christmas gifts. This is very nice steel and will bright cut and look terrific. Also not due till Christmas but I’ll be getting to them in between the firearms.

 

Challenge coin for USCG

Challenge coin for USCG

Here’s what I’m going to work on today. A challenge coin for a new pilot. Blake is a USCG Officer who gets his Wings in November and this will be a gift from his mother.

This is just the design and after this part is engraved I will add the La Plata mountains into the background. This coin is pure silver and hand push engraving will be a delight after cutting gun steel.

I figured the soft silver is the best project to start with and get my hands back into shape. It is amazing how much hand strength you lose after two months of doing nothing. Today my hands are stiff from engraving yesterday so I need a nice soft silver project to warm up on.

Now if my neck will just hold up I plan on being very busy for the next few weeks.

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