Engraving Historic Firearms - John Schippers

Engraving Historic Firearms - John Schippers

Engraving Historic Firearms - John Schippers

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By far the finest book ever written on hand engraving of firearms as well as other items, Engraving Historic Firearms is the result of painstaking research, practical knowledge and almost 50 years of experience. It is now the standard reference for engravers & collectors alike, and the step-by-step instructions on learning to engrave make it the only book available from which an engraving student can actually learn this skill. John discusses engraving tools and equipment and the various techniques for using them, how to make your own tools, developing and transferring the proper designs, and the especially important aspect of what to engrave. Many patterns and practice designs, borders, tips and tricks are included, based on practical knowledge and years of experience. This book is a must have for anyone interested in engraving or with an interest in engraved firearms and accessories.

The culmination of a lifelong career. This "how-to" book was 10 years in the making, and is sure to be Classic in the Hand Engraving Industry.

  • Step-by-step instructions about learning to engrave.
  • 445 full color pages of highly detailed original and contemporary firearms
  • Over 2130 color photographs and illustrations of tools, techniques, patterns, and antique & contemporary firearms
  • Spiral binding lies flat for ease of use on workbench
  • From beginners to experts, for aspiring engravers, fine metal workers and art lovers

About the Author:

John Schippers was born in Michigan in 1939. At the age of twelve John learned to hunt with a 20-gauge percussion single-barrel shotgun that a relative gave him. This started a lifetime love of hunting and muzzleloading guns. John recalls: "They gave me that old junk gun thinking that I would never be able to do anything with it. I fooled them. It ended up being the best gun for me. I got more game with that old relic than any other gun I ever owned." Mr. Schippers built his first gunstock in a high school wood shop in 1954 and never stopped building guns. He worked as a machinist and tool maker, then worked in the museum field for over 30 years as a specialist in restoration, conservation, and exhibition. This book is a culmination of how-to information and large wealth of knowlege.

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