Awards & Engraving

March '16

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52 • A&E MARCH 2016 ETCH MASTERS by Ruth Dobbins As his design, Pat wanted to portray landscapes illustrating the concept From Sea to Shining Sea. He was not completely sure that he was ready to tackle a design of this scope. During this "gestation period," I had several conversations with Pat. After discussing all options, Pat decided that he would do it himself. He created a work- space at home and bought the equipment through us; it was time to get serious. ASPECTS OF THE JOB He began drawing the individual panels without necessarily knowing how to exactly draw all aspects to be carved. As Pat developed the layout, he began to see that there were many components in his design that he didn't have the slightest idea of how to execute. Realizing this, he contacted me for help—help with the design as well as getting more extensive one-on-one training. In my previous articles (there were two), we covered the project through panel number three. Pat was ready to tackle panel four as well as begin musing about how to approach panel five. Through our work together, he also real- ized how important the transitions from one panel to another were. Not that the drawing needed to flawlessly continue, but while blasting, the values from one panel to the next needed to be repeated— when starting on another panel, it was important to place the previous one next S ome of you may remember me writing about a former student and his ambitious project for his kitchen: a space above his cabinets that wrapped around a long side and one short side of the cabinetry. Pat decided to enclose that space above the cabinets and wanted to insert glass panels into the created space. All in all, he wanted to create eight panels, each measuring 33 by 9 inches. A Work in Progress GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT A LARGE PROJECT The full size finalized drawing that was used to cut the blasting stencil from. ALL IMAGES COURTESY RUTH DOBBINS The finished panel. Looking closely, you should be able to make out some of the changes made along the way.

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