Engraved colt 1908 finished

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  1. cwbyengraver

    cwbyengraver Member

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    Hi yall I finished this gun a couple of months back. It started out as a 100 dollar pawn shop gun. pitted, rusted pocket worn. I started off by stoning the whole thing by hand. To get the pits out the pits were so deep I ended up recuting the lettering three times so I didnt loose it. Sent it to Glenrock blue for bluing. Doug Turnbull did the case coloring then I french grayed the engraving to make it stand out a little. Done put it in the safe and forget about it.
     

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  2. BBBBill

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    Nice! How do you do the french gray?
     
  3. cwbyengraver

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    I use just enough muratic acid to make the end of a toothpick damp and use it like a paintbrush. It took about 4 hours under a microscope pain in the --- to do. But it is fun.
     
  4. Mike1234567

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    You did all that engraving? Wow... impressive craftsmanship there.
     
  5. GuitarsAndGuns

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    Really nice work.
     
  6. Ron James

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    I normally don't get worked up over a fancy firearm, but if you were with in stealing distance of me I would take a chance of dancing the Danny Deever to get my hands on it. very nice indeed. I would put Ivory or MOP grips on it.
     
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    You did a fantastic job on that pawn piece! Beautiful engraving, if you were closer, I have a .32 Beretta 1935 I'd have you do some work on. Nice work!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words. The grips are the only thing i aint done with. I cant make up my mind ivory mop or use micarta and schrimshaw the colt logo and checker them.
     
  9. aminyard

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    If you don't mind me asking, what did Turnbulll charge for the blueing??

    The world wonders.
     
  10. The Bushmaster

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    And you'll never shoot it? What a shame.
     
  11. cwbyengraver

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    Had to laugh at that Bushmaster I have shot it if someone wants to shoot it when i'm out it gets shot. The 45 springfield I engraved has had a couple thousand rounds through it. I think its a shame to put them up just because there pretty I think it was about a hundred bucks for the trigger, safety, and backstrap safety.
     
  12. Shadow 7D

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    I have a question about your technique
    the chatter or fine markings inside the engraving from your cuts, is that part of your technique/style or just an artifact.

    I wonder as I have seen some guns with it, and others are almost mirror flat in the engraving.
     
  13. rcmodel

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    The heck with Turnbull's prices.

    I want to know what cwbyengraver's prices are!

    All of his work I have seen so far makes me drool!

    rc
     
  14. cwbyengraver

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    The chatter marks are cut one line at a time with a hand graver. There may be fifty cuts in one leaf to get the shading right to make the leaf look like its turning or rolling over
     
  15. Shadow 7D

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    That is defiantly something you will never find in a roll or CNC engraving, and most likely not in a shop that pays apprentices by the piece.
     
  16. Mike1234567

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    Just curious... what would you charge for a job like that?
     
  17. Shadow 7D

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    Consider an hourly rate
    and how many hours it takes, 50+ cuts to get a leaf right.
     
  18. cwbyengraver

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    Some of yall have asked about doing some work. Right now I have started the app process with ATF for shipping and records. I cant find anybody to accept guns and turn them over to me because of records they have to keep. so everything has been around me. Hopefully the process will be done soon. SOmetimes I trade old guns for work. just something to keep in mind it dont always have to be money.
     
  19. Mike1234567

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    I don't have a harem here, ya' know.:evil::D
     
  20. Shadow 7D

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    Well, engraving is gunsmithing... and you do need a FFL1 to do that as a regular course of business... but I don't think it would be that hard to get set up, after all the city should support artist, and engraving is an art form, it's not like you are opening a commercial gunshop.
     
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