Engraving techniques

Bulino

This engraving technique has its roots in Italy. "Bulino" is simply the Italian name for a square graver, and has become more and more an international term for these fine engravings, executed using that tool. This can either be done using very fine lines, fine dots or a mixture of them. I believe that lines and dots offers the widest possibilities for expression to the engraver.The effect of such an engraving depends on light refraction or/ and light absorption.
The unengraved surface reflects the light complete and therefore appears as to be white. With a large number of dots, the engraver can form a variety of gray tones in between white and black. The dots themselves can be done very superficial or heavier in order to express different surfaces, colors and texture has to be transformed into gray tones. Often the quality of a bulino engraving is judged and evaluated by the number of gray tones in it. In my opinion this is only one aspect of quality, as the expression of the animals, the composition of the whole scene, the landscape, and the way the scenes are embedded in the shapes of the gun etc. are also very important features of a well done bulino engraving. Using this technique an experienced engraver can reach very beautiful effects as regards style, detail and expression.
I personally do not consider it as the most difficult of all engraving techniques. One only needs a lens and a few gravers, but it is the one that require the best planning and a lot of time for a proper execution besides artistic imagination, a skilled hand, and of course much passion and devotion for engraving and nearly endless patience.
The disadvantage of extreme fine bulino engraving is that the customer also needs a lens or even a microscope to enjoy the engravers work fully. (Martin Strolz)

Inlaying

The beautiful effect of inlayed work is the contrast in color between steel and gold. Only the difference in hardness of two metals make inlaying possible. The softer precious metal is hammered into the harder steel. Principally it is held in place by a dovetail, formed in the steel.Sample Images:

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Engravers

Our in handmade engraved hunting rifles and hunting guns will be designed from different, excellent and renowned engravers. Depending on the customer's desire, effort, or extent of the engraving technique and time factor our customers can choose from our wide range of engravers. Also in this case we offer our customers a wide and special selection of opportunities.

For the very exclusive, specific and elaborate engravings, we are thankful to be able to give our customers the opportunity to get the finest engraving work of Martin Strolz. His outstanding work can be found in many international publications (The Double Gun Journal, L'incision delle Armi Sportive, Shotgun Life, Guns Magazine, etc..). Details of the person and his work appears below.

Martin Strolz

Martin Strolz, born 1958 in Innsbruck | Austria

- Graduate of the College for shape analysis of metal crafts in Steyr and Ferlach
- 1980 Master in Engraving
- 1986 Since Teaching Professor at the HTL-Steyr - Technical College of Metal Design, Engraving techniques; besides working in his own studio
- 2007 Engraving Arts Award
- 2009 GMP Instructor and member of FEGA

 

Extract of his work:

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