This morning I had the pleasure and honour of meeting one of Britain's top engravers - Geoffrey Casbard. He is a family friend of a friend, so I actually got to meet him at his studio, in his house in Hertfordshire. He has spent most of his career engraving guns, and his work is exquisite, breathtaking.
I looked through books of prints which he had made from the actual engravings - which he has as samples and reference. He told me that he still makes samples when he has time - to practice! This from someone who has been engraving for the last 40 years at least.
When I asked him what tips he would give me - a very early beginner - he said that practice and more practice - oh, and save up for an engraver's block!
He very kindly allowed me to take some photos which I told him I would put on the blog.
|His workbench and engraver's block|
|Engraved gun parts from his album of work - I love the gold ducks!|
|Engraved gun with grotesque design|
|Pendant that he made just for fun and to practice! Gold inlay on steel|
|Book of prints taken from actual engravings|
|Another 'practice piece' - work in progress|
|I found this image online - one of his engraved gun parts with gold inlay|
|Another image I found online showing his engraving on a gun|
And if that weren't enough excitement for one day - I also discovered W. E. John's house in Hertford! I had actually walked past it without noticing on my way to Kat's studio last time in was in Hertford - what a disgrace! At least I noticed it today!
|Captain W. E. John's House in Hertford|
|Captain W. E. John's House - plaque|