Everything starts from something. 

Upon my first day at the bench beside my father I was given a  receiver to polish and true. Being only a child at the time, after a few brief moments of enthusiastic polishing I asked him impatiently; "is this good enough?" My father never looked up from his work when he inquired simply; "Is it perfect?" Glancing at the receiver I noticed the tiny scratches that remained on the area I'd just deemed completed and confessed; "Well, no.........". Then, at the precise moment of hesitation in my vioce my father quietly replied; "Then its not done is it?" It was a solemn moment for a young man and a lesson that I have never forgotten.

Here's a small sampling of the sketches, most of which have been turned into engravings.

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A Loyal Friend

This was a sketch of my late companion. He spent many nights patiently lying below our work station as we engraved the night away... 

 

The Great Owl This sketch was done for a hunter who always spotted this owl on the trails.

The Great Owl

This sketch was done for a hunter who always spotted this owl on the trails.

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Little Leg

This sketch was done for a friend in remembrance of our bar days in the 70s. Long live old school class.

 

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The Hunter

Another of our English Setters, this sketch was eventually engraved onto a beautiful blade.

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Bird Hunt

A client, and avid duck hunter, requested an engraving on his gun handle of a duck.

Lovely Lady

Client self-portrait and later engraved on a piece of jewelry.

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Old Yeller

My lab, Myko, was engraved on a steal plated gun handle.

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Brown-Eyed Girl

Another self-portrait done for a good friend and engraved onto a gold plated necklace.