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    Critique Request: View Post

    No this isn’t part of the Chinese Communist party plenary session :)

    Part of trying to improve my engraving is trying to improve my self critique skills since I putter around on my own on a hobby...
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    Yes, of course, I realize like most of my posts...

    Yes, of course, I realize like most of my posts it sounds like drivel but I thought there might be something odd I was missing.
    I'm biased to thinking of miniatures from the engineering perspective...
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    Interesting. Can anyone explain any functional...

    Interesting.
    Can anyone explain any functional advantage of miniaturizing engraving tools?
    The cutting tip is the same size regardless.
    I don't see many in general, mostly disadvantages.
    I can...
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    Critique Request: Not to divert the thread, but I was browsing...

    Not to divert the thread, but I was browsing Instagram and found this in Ken Hunt's pages and thought it might be of interest:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/zU9DtbFLRi/
    Jeremy
  5. Thread: Design

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    As a beginner I won't comment on scroll details. ...

    As a beginner I won't comment on scroll details. I'll add one "big picture" - forest insteady of leaves (or scrolls) comment that struck me first off that I don't see mentioned.
    To me the design...
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    Wait... it's not from Nigeria.... maybe he's in...

    Wait... it's not from Nigeria.... maybe he's in real trouble ? :)
    Jeremy
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    Question: There's a lot to be said for this advice. I'll...

    There's a lot to be said for this advice.

    I'll risk presenting the advantages of the multiple experiment view as well though.

    As a beginner (2 classes, coming up on 1 year of hobby spare time...
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    Critique Request: Personally I like this style much more than...

    Personally I like this style much more than classical scrolls, but my tastes are definitely not typical. I won't hijack the thread but as an aside it reminds me of elements of "Celtic tendril "...
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    I think this depends on which market you are in....

    I think this depends on which market you are in.
    In the world of bespoke guns a known engraver seems to add value. In the world of mint factory guns an unknown engraver seems to detract. In the...
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    Question: From what I've seen of my own practice and other...

    From what I've seen of my own practice and other beginners along with comments here I'd say going too deep is one of the most common characteristics of beginners.
    Jeremy
  11. Thread: First Knife

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    Critique Request: With regards to practice plates I find the plates...

    With regards to practice plates I find the plates from GRS are good and ready to use. Steel from the "hardware store " is cheaper and requires more preparation. I also find it more difficult to cut...
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    Critique Request: I can speak from experience that classes are...

    I can speak from experience that classes are great benefit.
    Personally I think if you did that without any training or input before starting out that's rather damn good and shows a lot of promise....
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    I think the best analogy here might be the guns...

    I think the best analogy here might be the guns themselves. Consider how much high end custom / bespoke gun makers charge for their products then look at what those products sell for on either the...
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    Superb. That's the type work that I think takes...

    Superb. That's the type work that I think takes engraving beyond decorative patterns into art which I find very inspiring.
    Thanks very much for posting those.
    It's a little difficult for me to...
  15. Question: Ah, something I can understand :) Thanks for...

    Ah, something I can understand :)

    Thanks for the interesting perspective Andrew.
    I've been experimenting with tapered gravers following Marcus Hunts Fine English Scroll video and book so I can...
  16. Question: Well the consensus seems to confirm what I...

    Well the consensus seems to confirm what I probably already knew, that I'm likely cutting to deep. I won'd be surprised if this is the case as it's a habit I tend to slip into. I'll make a renewed...
  17. Question: The Flick - Burr Problems - Beginner Ignorance

    I know this is basically impossible to answer on line, and hard enough for that matter to demonstrate in person, but I thought I'd put it out there anyway. I've been practicising off an on for...
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    Now there's the closest thing I've seen to an...

    Now there's the closest thing I've seen to an engraver's business motto :)
    No pun intended?

    Jeremy
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    Well as an utter beginning hobby novice I have no...

    Well as an utter beginning hobby novice I have no input on the engraving estimates. As someone who makes my living managing contracts and costs, I would point out several rough estimates here around...
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    Announcement: I also recommend the recordings as a complete...

    I also recommend the recordings as a complete beginner.
    I routinely re-watch them along with others I have to both reinforce lessons and pick up on details that aren't necessarily talked about but...
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