No modern technique of etching or laser cutting has been able to equal the grace and delicacy of an engraved line with its elegant curve and variation in width.
I realised early on that the skill of hand-engraving would need to be mastered in order for me to make the clocks I envisaged.
The traditional manner of hand engraving where metal is cut by pushing a graver through the metal falls into two categories ‘Bright’ and ‘Filled’.
Bright engraving is where the engraving is left as cut and its beauty relies on the way light reflects on the surface of the cut.
Filled engraving is used widely on clock dials where a deeper engraved cut is filled with shellac wax.
I offer a hand engraving service for dials, chapter rings, clock plates and beat plates.
Bright engraving is suitable for work on clock plates for builder's name and date or plate decoration.
Chapter rings and builder's name-plates can be engraved in sterling silver where bright engraving is both appropriate and attractive.
I can supply finished dials filled and silvered and can work from dimensioned drawing or preferably a template with arbor centres drilled. Grained finish can be circular or straight and produced with a 400 grit abrasive. A finer grade can be used if specified.
Shellac wax is re-melted back to its natural gloss after silvering. Dials are finished with microchrystalline wax.
I offer a design service for clock plate decoration where I can offer an original design or work to a client's drawing. I can work on a plate from a running clock or create a new plate created around a template of pillar and arbor centres. Plate decoration is left bright cut.
Replica face production
Where an engraved dial has been badly worn by re-silvering a new replica dial can be engraved. I produce a new dial using the original as a template. I engrave the dial using the same characteristic strokes of the original, and produce a dial that looks exactly as the original when new.
The new dial is identified on the back as a replica, and returned with the original unmarked.
Layout, script and numeral styles are supplied in drawing form for approval before engraving.