Styles of Gun Engraving
When an artist has an idea he wants to communicate to others, he must use his own particular form of expression. This is true of the writer when he put his ideas down on paper, and of the poet, the musician, and the sculptor in their particular fields. The engraver shares this similarity as well. Besides the techniques of engraving, he or she must find a style that expresses the spirit. This is no easy task. Through practice, practice, and more practice, through trial and error, and by creative experimentation, an engraver explores various techniques until he or she best expresses the feelings and ideas in his or her mind. Two engravers can work on the same subject and create completely different results. This is to show that the spirit of the engraver influences the art most importantly.
It is necessary to point out that engravers of firearms have been inspired by almost all that was created in the past centuries – from hieroglyphics, to Greek, Roman, Baroque, Renaissance, and Gothic art, and more. A fine gun is an object which carries with it tradition, the history of the gunmaker, his sweat and his labor and his ingenuity. It is not just a gun. It embodies intangible forces.