Thank you for visiting my web site. Beyond family – my wife Janet , sons and daughters and grandkids – engraving is my life. It’s what I do and what I enjoy. It gives me great pleasure to create art, and firearms engraving is just that. It might be somewhat an obscure art form to the world I general, but to me, my engraving associates, and the clients we serve, it is as important and historical. In the course of history man has marked, painted, engraved and otherwise decorated his various possessions because they were important to him. We still do it today of course, but in a much different way and for different reasons. We take plain things and make them beautiful to our eyes…and as engravers, we relish every opportunity to bring metal to life.
How it started
American Engraving has re-generated itself over the past 40 years. German immigrant engravers – Nimschke, Helfricht, Kornbrath and others) worked in their private shops and at Colt, Winchester and various manufacturing plants from after the civil war until the 1930’s. With WWII production of military arms art of engraving went dormant, and after the war few American engravers could be found. The few left – Alvin White, Joseph Fugger, Winston Churchill, Lynton McKenzie, Frank Hendricks (and others) -carried on.
With the founding of FEGA, the art of American Engraving has flourished. FEGA has 400 +- members, and there are others who work independently. There exist only two qualified verifiable titles for the art – the FEGA Master Engraver (about 50 individuals) and the Colt Master Engraver (12 individuals) carry these benchmark titles. I have earned both titles (FEGA, 2015) and Colt Master (2003).