We are often asked ‘Do you do engraving?’ by customers. Most might only have ever seen ‘engraving’ done in a high street shoe repairers – the sort of places where the aroma of shoe adhesive hangs heavy and where you can get a spare front door key cut whilst you’re there. You see there is ‘engraving’ and there is ‘engraving’ .
Hand engraving is a highly skilled craft which takes years to learn and a lifetime to master. The craft is as old as metal working itself and the processes and tools used have changed little over the centuries. Peter Harris is a master and has been engraving items by hand for our customers for over 20 years. He has engraved everything from coats of arms to a silver tea service sent to a customer in New York, to initials on a silver napkin ring for a local christening; the list is endless but everything has been engraved with the precision and care of a craftsman.
When we were asked to supply a silver salver to a local customer who wished to mark 17 years service by two valued employees we knew that Peter would produce an inscription that would be beyond compare. As most people are unaware of the different stages of hand engraving an item, Peter thought it would be a good idea to share the secret. The photographs that he took to record the processes involved in engraving our customer’s salver can be seen below. Needless to say, our customer was delighted with the inscription.
Peter is passionate about ensuring that the skills associated with his craft are passed on to the next generation and when you see the quality of his work (and others like him in a variety of different disciplines) you can see how important it is that these ancient professions endure. Think of that when you next pass your local shoe repairers and the man in the corner is watching his computer controlled machine etch the winner of the largest marrow competition on to the local gardening show cup.