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Old 03-07-2013, 10:14 AM
Johnny_WV Johnny_WV is offline
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Question Where to start?

Im not new to the "idea" of engraving, it would apear that in some ways it is similar to wood relief carving (which im familiar with). However from a technical aspect I have no idea where to begin... I dont have much money to work with so I know i'll have to start small at first, my question is where? What equiptment should i get to start out with, what materials should I practice on, what should I practice to begin with(scrolls, script, hobo knickels?). I've got amazing patience and i'm rediculously fired-up about engraving, so I know once I get started I'll engrave until I die.

Any suggestions and knowlege would be greatly appreciated, thanks guys!
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:44 AM
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Johnny, to the forum.You can get started without spending a lot of money,hammer,chisel and bruin will get started.J.J.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:37 PM
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Thanks Mr Roberts for the advice, any specific chisels/hammers you would reccomend for a beginner? Also, please forgive me for my utter lack of knowlege, what is bruin? Thanks for your help.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:20 PM
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Johnny,A bruin is a hand held graver with a wood handle on the end which is pushed through the metal about 4 inchs long and used for shading and fine detail,click on Lindsay tool and you'll find one. J.J.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:49 PM
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A bruin is a hand held graver
A bruin is a bear.
A burin is a hand held graver.

I thought I had replied to this thread already, but I don't see it.

Click on the Engraving Tools link in the header.
Scroll down to books.
Buy John Shipper's book "Engraving Historical Firearms."
It will teach you how to make, sharpen and use your own tools, and is a full fledged engraving course to get low budget beginners on the way.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:30 PM
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thanks DKanger for the advice...
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:13 PM
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Just ordered my copy of Schippers boo k, can't wait to get it!
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:33 AM
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Default Re: Where to start?

Hey,
I am new and just like you, want to learn as much as i can and begin some engraving at my own, dit you buy already Some tools, and if thats yes, witch ones?? The book That you have ordered, is just in english, and for me as dutch speaking dude a bit difficult, so i don t realy know where to start.... Is it helpfull?

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Old 03-28-2013, 02:53 PM
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Hey, Johnny WV
by now you have received John Shipper's book. I purchased mine last year and found it amazing, refreshing, and fascinating, well written, couldn't put the thing down until I read it from cover to cover.
Being in the engraving trade as long as John Shipper, I found myself agreeing with every phase of his work while at the same time picking up several tips. Wish you well! Remember, it's not practice that makes you perfect; it's perfect practice that makes you perfect.
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