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Offline borderdogs

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engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« on: February 13, 2020, 02:18:44 AM »
Hi Guys,
I am putting parts together to build an early full stock Hawken flint rifle. I wanted to put a primitive buffalo on a patchbox and I was inspired by a patchbox Herb had done for one of his rifles. I have never done hand engraving before and I was thinking I would ask what kind of gravers I would need to get to engrave a buffalo. I attached a rough drawing I made of a primitive buffalo. Not a great drawing but similar to what I had in mind. I have been on some websites and watched some youtube videos but other than a handle I am just not sure what I should get to start practicing.



The border around the drawing is suppose to delineate the lid and I was thinking of a border following the lid perimeter. Any suggestions would be mcuh appreciated.
Rob

Online Mike Lyons

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 03:05:56 AM »

Rob,

Iíve been piddling with it for a very short time.  As a beginner,  Iíd recommend the universal sharpening jig from Lindsey, a couple graver blanks and  the graver holder.   Youíll need sharpening stones that work with the jig and a hammer.  That design youíve made looks like basic cuts to me but it takes a ton of practice to do even the simplest cuts.  This site will give you something to look at.
https://www.airgraver.com/Manual-Engraving-Tools.htm

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 03:24:43 AM »
Thanks Mike,
I didnt want to crowd your post on engraving you are way ahead of me! I checked out airgravers but figured I might just try hand engraving and see what I could do first before actually inventing in an air graving system. I wanted it to look like engraving rather than what I could do on a CNC or what you might get from a Foredom
Rob

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 07:43:27 PM »
So what are the common graver shapes to make a basic design?
Rob

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2020, 08:19:40 PM »
Square is all you need.
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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2020, 09:18:21 PM »
Thanks that helps.
Rob

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 01:40:50 AM »
 Rob,
 The link that Mike posted was for the hammer and chisel equipment sold by Steve Lindsay.  You need a 90 degree graver (point), handle for the graver, a hammer and a way to properly and consistently sharpen the graver.  The Lindsay "90 degree parallel point" template set w diamond stones is a simple way to sharpen gravers.  There are less expensive chasing hammers available elsewhere (Rio Grande). 
Good luck,
Kevin

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2020, 01:41:58 AM »
I agree with Rich, for the buff all you need is a square graver. I can't praise the Lindsay template enough. It's so easy to create perfect point geometry, and it's just minutes to dress the point back up to snuff when you've chipped it. For chip it you will, when you're just starting out.
Tom Curran's web site : http://tcurran.com/

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2020, 05:04:38 AM »
I really appreciate all the recommendations, thank you. I like what I see on the So how important is it to have an engraving vise?
Rob

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2020, 05:46:54 PM »


If you need/ want a loading block (.50) to match let me know :)

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2020, 06:05:47 PM »
Borderdogs Rob,

One thing to bear in mind, is the way even primitive buffalo were depicted.
Look at some old engravings of buffalo, and you will see they don't  Look like a real buffalo.  If it looks real it's wrong.  (If you get my drift)
Even looking at the art-work of Catlin and such will show how they were depicted at the time...

Offline Marcruger

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2020, 06:13:17 PM »
I have wondered if those early depictions are of eastern Bison now extinct.  While odd looking in engraving, they often look similar to each other.  Wood bison before they intermixed?  Some are obviously drawn from a description, where the artist never saw one.

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2020, 08:21:25 PM »
Thanks again everyone. Yes, I understand the drift about primitive look. The sketch I made was just from my image in my mind not from some specific drawing. I figured doing a sketch that way it might look "primitive". I have looked at some engravings on Hawken rifles in particular an elk that is only an image of an actual elk its very primitive. That is the look I am after. I like the way the buff is looking toward something rather than just a profile.

After I made that sketch I left it alone and didn't look at it. Later at night before I went to bed I looked at it again and some peculiarities became apparent. The first one was that the body is out of scale from the head. The other is the head is more "refined" if you know what I mean. For a first attempt it got the shape and image I was looking for. I also have to remember that the lid of the pineapple is pretty small so anything on there like I am engraving there will not be as detailed as I depicted in my sketch. I am not very artsy I kind of struggle with anything that approaches art.
Thanks,
Rob

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2020, 08:53:40 PM »
You donít need an engraving vise. Hot glue the patch box or whatever to a piece of 2X4 and hold it in a regular bench vise.

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2020, 09:00:56 PM »
I believe Taylor uses or used bondo for attaching the various parts to wooden blocks for engraving. Others do as well.
Daryl

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2020, 10:20:02 PM »
Thanks sounds like a good idea Daryl, thanks,
Rob

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2020, 02:20:04 AM »
Here's a patchbox that Louie Parker did from a bench copy of a Sam Hawken rifle -





I knew I'd seen that buff somewhere!
Mike

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2020, 03:07:21 AM »
Gunnermike,
Yes that is the image I had in my mind when I did my sketch. I had seen that Louie Parker rifle a while back and I liked that buff engraving. His rendition looks just right.
Rob

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2020, 07:12:06 PM »

Borderdogs... All the animals I have seen on Hawken rifles are very much folk art.  Some more than other.  Most had the pig nose. I am attaching a photo of another  buffalo  box I did...This is a very close copy of a box on a rather ornate J&S Hawken.  I would say the engraver either had a poor memory or never had seen a buffalo. Notice the horns. That seem to grow out of the shoulders







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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2020, 07:18:40 PM »
Thanks Louie,
I like that look too and I know what you mean about folk art type engraving and I agree that the original engraver might not have seen a real buffalo. I appreciate those images it helps to conceptualize the buff better.
Rob

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2020, 07:30:09 PM »
Here is my patchbox Borderdog was referring to.

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2020, 08:05:17 PM »
Borderdogs, I think the buff you posted would look great on a PB door. Like Louies' buffalo, yours has the right amount of folksiness found on a lot of original engravings.

Here's another engraving, on the side plate of a Joe Long swivel breech rifle, with the same sort of folksie critters, and a ladder going up the trunk of the tree. 

Click the picture for a larger size.


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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2020, 09:56:15 PM »
It sure helps to see all these engravings and it really helps to focus on the folksy look. Thanks Herb for posting your patchbox buff, yours was where I got the idea to do one. I really appreciate all the pictures and postings. I have ordered manual engraving tools from Lindsay and their sharpening kit so waiting for that stuff to come in. I have a bunch of material to start practicing. I will post updates on how this endeavor progresses. Thanks very much to everyone who has posted suggestions and pictures.
Rob

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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2020, 06:41:00 PM »
Borderdogs..... This isn't a buffalo or pineapple box.  I just thought you might find it of interest.   Just another example of an animal on a box. Actually I copied the animal from a rifle by Stephen Odell.....LP




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Re: engraving a pineapple patchbox with a buff
« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2020, 09:43:49 PM »
Hi Louie,
Yes indeed it is very interesting thank you for posting it. How did you finish that box?
Rob