View Poll Results: What best describes you and your engraving?

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  • I'm a full time gun engraver.

    8 4.08%
  • I'm a full time knife engraver.

    2 1.02%
  • I'm a full time jewelry engraver.

    3 1.53%
  • I'm a full time hobo coin carver.

    2 1.02%
  • I'm a full time engraver who engraves many things (hobo nickels, guns, knives, jewelry, etc).

    32 16.33%
  • I'm a jeweler who also does hand engraving.

    42 21.43%
  • I'm a hobbyist and do engraving for pleasure and do not seek paid jobs.

    58 29.59%
  • I'm a hobbyist and get paid for my engraving.

    26 13.27%
  • I'm a knifemaker and engrave my own knives.

    14 7.14%
  • I'm a gunmaker and engrave the guns I build.

    9 4.59%
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  1. #1
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    Default Are you a full-time hand engraver, hobbyist, jeweler?

    It'll be interesting to see a cross section of the Cafe membership. Select the one that's best describes you, and feel free to comment if you wish. Your poll choice is not made public.

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    Sam, interesting poll. I wonder how many folks make the item to be engraved. I primarily will build an item just so I can engrave or carve it. Even though a little outside engraving work comes in the door I would venture to say building is more than half of my time.
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    Full time so...I better get to work!!

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    At this time I mostly fit "I'm a hobbyist and do engraving for pleasure and do not seek paid jobs." But also "I'm a knifemaker and engrave my own knives." If I retire this year, I will fit "I'm a hobbyist and desparately need to get paid for my engraving." ;{ )
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    Not voting as there's one important factor missing ( sorry Sam ).

    Anyone can be a "full time" engraver and it is EASY to be one if engraving is NOT the only source of income.

    There's a difference between a full time engraver who has to engrave to pay all of the bills and one who does not. I'd be curious to know how many of those people are out there and how many are technically retired or moonlight.
    Last edited by Christopher Malouf; 10-21-2011 at 03:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Malouf View Post
    Not voting as there's one important factor missing Sam.

    Anyone can be a "full time" engraver and it is EASY to be one if engraving is NOT the only source of income.

    There's a difference between a full time engraver who has to engrave to pay all of the bills and one who doesn't.
    I know what you mean, Chris. This isn't a serious study. Just something casual that I thought of this morning.

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    Thanks Sam .... I just gotta know how many will be joining me in the basement ward at Bellevue hospital. LOL!!!

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    Chris, I have dinner reservations in the "rubber room". Would you care to join me?
    Brian
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    Dude .... you left out "waste half a day on the forum" LOL!! ..... and there's nothing wrong with getting up at 11AM after turning off the microscope lamp at 3AM.

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    Last edited by Christopher Malouf; 10-21-2011 at 03:51 PM.

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    I don't fit into any of these catagories. I am primarily a restorator of firearms, usually old ones, and repairing damage to the engraving is a required part of
    the task. I don't consider myself an engraver per se, as I am as yet not skilled enough IMO to comfortably address the really high end engraving. I usually send
    this work off to one of the pros, if i can find one willing to do the work. It seems very few of the masters are willing to do it.

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