Engraving is the practice of incising a design onto a hard, usually flat surface, by cutting grooves into it. The result may be a decorated object in itself, as when silver, gold, steel, or glass are engraved, or may provide an intaglio printing plate, of copper or another metal, for printing images on paper as prints or illustrations; these images are also called engravings.
Engraving was a historically important method of producing images on paper in artistic printmaking, in mapmaking, and also for commercial reproductions and illustrations for books and magazines. It has long been replaced by various photographic processes in its commercial applications and, partly because of the difficulty of learning the technique, is much less common in printmaking, where it has been largely replaced by etching and other techniques.
Traditional engraving, by burin or with the use of machines, continues to be practised by goldsmiths, glass engravers, gunsmiths and others, while modern industrial techniques such as photoengraving and laser engraving have many important applications. Engraved gems were an important art in the ancient world, revived at the Renaissance, although the term traditionally covers relief as well as intaglio carvings, and is essentially a branch of sculpture rather than engraving, as drills were the usual tools.

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  1. TonyLeeFrost

    Hand Engraver of over 25 years - New to NWF

    I am a well seasoned hand engraver. Over 25 years of historical and restorative hand Engraving specializing in Colt and Weatherby but will carve just about anything from knives to auto/bike parts to modern firearms. I am an FFL. I am also a silversmith - fabrication of western jewelry, saddle...
  2. Aero Denezol

    NFA/SBR Engraving in Salem?

    Who does this type of work in the Mid-Willamette Valley? I know everyone likes BYE in Portland but I'm hoping to avoid traffic and gasoline by keeping it local. Many thanks in advance.
  3. Hueco

    Know an engraver?

    I’m looking to get a piece engraved and color case hardened. Does anyone have any experience with a gunsmith who can do such work?
  4. C

    Portland laser engraving?

    Hey guys, I'm looking for someone to blazer engrave my buddies ar that I'm putting together for him. Nothing crazy I just want his kids name on birthdate on the upper. Preferably in portland area. Thanks
  5. cigars

    Gun Tattoo's

    For your consideration... A LEO friend of mine passed this along to me. This guy does some wicked cool engraving. He's based in Sherwood. He's also an FFL so no concerns there. Looks like he will also be at the Sheep Hitters at Oregon Rifle Works on August 17th.
  6. CountryGent

    Laser Engraver, Side Biz Idea, etc.

    So, I am working on another NFA Form 1 project. One of the steps, of course, is engraving the Trust information on said. I'll likely take it to a local shop as I've done in the past, or send off the part to a firm that specializes in said. That said, out of curiosity I looked into what that...
  7. User 1234

    Who does discrete NFA engraving near Tacoma?

    I searched and found a similar thread from last July that did not generate any responses. I’m looking for an engraver who can do a quality job, e.g. not 1/2” letters across the side of the mag well. I am willing to pay for quality work.
  8. CountryGent

    Home Engraving?

    I vaguely recall seeing a home engraving kit that came with at least one custom made template. It basically attaches on to the surface of the item you want engraved and you just traced inside said template. Anyone know who makes these? Have you used them for any projects? Alternatives? I...

    Serial number engraving on Glock polymer 80.

    I’m looking for a shop that does engraving for a Glock poly 80. I hear mixed things about if I have to have a serial number on them. I mainly want to done in case one gets stolen or if for some reason a local cop doesn’t understand the law. I asked a cop friend and he had no clue. Someone...
  10. james2562

    Engraving in or near Seattle recomendations

    Anyone have an engraver in around Freeattle they are happy with?
  11. joken

    Engraving question

    I have a pistol and I would like to have some lettering on the slide. In memory of a good guy that has passed on. Does anyone know an outfit that can do it?
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