This website has been designed, and is being maintained, by Les Schowe.
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Mike Dubber and Les Schowe have developed the Firearms Engraving Transfer System©
to assist engravers through the process of learning and understanding how to engrave
historically accurate scroll patterns on Colt Firearms. The System was designed to
deliver a proven direct transfer method of accurately placing the scrolls and patterns
on the steel surface. The casting that is included with the kit provides visual examples
of how those scrolls and patterns should be cut, back grounded, and detailed.
Each of these Engraving Transfer Kits will include three components:
1) Les Schowe’s inkjet transparency sheet that contains transferable firearm scrolls
and geometric designs generated from the original steel Master Plate© that was hand
engraved by Master Engraver Mike Dubber. Each of these designs can be transferred
from the inkjet transparency to the various gun metal surfaces for engraving via
a burnishing technique.
2) A casting of Mike Dubber’s original Master Plate© that illustrates his personal
style of outlining, shading, and back grounding cutting techniques for the finished
scrolls. The casting is included to provide a visual guide to assist the engraver
through the processes of developing their own personal style of engraving.
3) A complete set of instructions on how to use our Engraving Transfer Kit©.
Please note: transfer solutions and burnishers are not included in the basic
kit. Transfer Magic can be obtained from Tom White at www.twdesignshone.com . Burnishers
can be purchased at your local art store or from various on-line sources