i really wouldn't know where to start, i mean my reaction to this work of his. it's sort of a tutorial on where & how to set your sights as an engraver. sam, this is wonderful of you to have shared this-- thanks for doing so.
"Two gunengravers now deceased Phillipe Griffnee (left) and Rene Delcour (right) . On a visit to my home . Rene was professor of engraving at Liege school of Engraving , he taught Phil who died 2 years ago. I introduced Phil to Holland & Holland when there wasn't any demand for top engraving in Belgium, he became their named engraver for a few years. Phil was 69 when he died. Rene became my friend since 1962. He would bring me chisels after he showed me how they used them.
My kids liked uncle Rene because when he visited his bag was an endless pit of goodies. I have endless stories of that great character Rene."
"He came to work well dressed undoing his collar stud releasing his collar that was starched, a hang over from the days of Tom Sanders who would come in top hat & tails, He was the Governor! The Boss!"
"Larry Wilson AA White engravers got me to make a sample plate with different styles ,I inlaid my name put gold damascened designs in the corners ,but when he cast this he got Alvin to put cheap designs in the corners . He sold the original to someone who made it into a belt buckle"
I have long felt, and said whenever asked, that Ken Hunt is the most important modern engraver.
He has influenced the work of everyone you can think of.
When he started under Kell, engraving was decadent.
By the mid 1960's Ken had raised it, almost single handedly back to the level it had been at in earlier days, and very quickly took it far beyond where it had ever been before.
We all owe Ken Hunt, for pointing the way forward.
Well stated, Barry. Ken is one of the most influential engravers the world's ever known. And I agree we all owe him a debt of gratitude.
"Sam, the shading on the Argali was done with Muller liner tools as was lots of the background, the photo might not show the fineness. This was for the King of Bhutan H&H rifle. The makers always in a hurry so I couldn't do a Fraccasi