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Wayne Di'Angelo Engraving

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by mec, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. mec

    mec Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    He has worked for the Smith and Wesson Engraving Shop and was the chief engraver there for the last couple of years. Some of the guns he engraved cost a year's salary for most of us. Now that he is in business for himself, his customers stand to save quite a bit off of what the factory jobs cost.

    He works in a full range of styles including deep releaf with Gold inlays
    and traditional scroll
    His interests are not confined to firearms
    I got acquinted with him by way of the Smith &Wesson web site. I saw a model 60 something M&P with great scrollwork and a bulino pictograph of a leopard on the side plate. It made me WANT the gun and started the wheels rolling. I craved the scroll work and started looking about for a good scene for the portrait quality Bulino work

    During the planning stages, I had a couple of e-mail/telephone conferences with Di'Angelo. They were short and directed toward finding an adequate reprodution the image, and positioning it on the side plate. I found him to be possessed of excellent "People Skills" and an enthusiasm for engraving that made me glad I was doing business with him even before I saw the end result.

    At this point, he anticipates completing about 40 full scale jobs per year. At the rates he is charging, it does not appear that he plans to get rich but he will be able to persue his craft and support his family.

  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Mighty pretty!

    HSMITH Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I am simply amazed that a human hand can do what is shown in the pictures. Talent on loan from above is all I can say.

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