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                               Engraving Vises by Others

Ray Letourneau Engraving Vise
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Ray Letourneau made ball vises for many years.  Ray is currently retired from making them though. His main one had a great deal of mass at 45lbs.  Ray also made a unique adjustable palm push graver handle/holder that is the invention of master engraver Robert Swartley that is shown in the above photo. 



Review by Steve Lindsay

I had an opportunity to try a stand (pictured to the right) made by Shanna Hawk.  The platform is overbuilt, very ridged, with heavy gauge-welded metal construction and powder-coated. It is ideal for gun engravers who swing long barrels or for engravers who engrave large or long parts.  It is of course also very nice for smaller projects such as knife or jewelry engraving.

The Dulin-Hawk stand pictured to the right has a OPMI-1 microscope with a Lindsay Glide-Lock Vise mounted on it.

One nice about working with Shanna at Dulin-Hawk is that she will customize the platform for each customer's needs.   The platform shown has a custom-shaped top made from a steel plate.  In addition, microscope mounts are made custom for each customer's needs.  The height of the platform is easily adjusted up or down with a pneumatic cylinder and lock.  I am impressed with the workmanship and design of the Dulin-Hawk Platform.

For more information contact
Shanna Hawk Moran 
Phone 432-528-0646


Dulin-Hawk Hand Engraving Platform

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Engraver Bryan Bridges has developed a motorized turntable and patented it.

- Smooth running forward or reverse.
- Foot or hand variable speed control with easy centering.
- Classes offered for new machine buyers.

Bryan Bridges says it should be able to double an engraver’s output of scroll engraving per hour with less effort, and that it is easier to maintain top quality work.

Reading through the patent helps to understand the concept of how it works Patent 6,915,725

Contact Bryan Bridges for more information.
Phone: 480-345-7424
Email: brysculp@gmail.com


John Madole "Pilot Wheel" Engraving Vise
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John Madole "Pilot Wheel" Engraving Vise
Maximum jaw opening 3 3/4"
Approximate weight 34 lbs.

Description from letter written by Mr. Madole:
"I use my vise on a turntable  It is never a problem with the vise moving while I'm engraving, but very easy and quick to slide the vise by hand to get the part of the work piece under center of focus Very little effort is needed to loosen the threaded ring (pilot wheel) to tip the vise for positioning the work piece. I bump one of the handles with a back handed fist or heel of my hand to loosen and with thumb and fore finger snap the ring back to lock the ball. I do this without taking my eyes away from the microscope. To level the vise with the base, a spring loaded ball end plunger takes care of that."
John Madole passed away Oct. 2002. He will be missed by a lot of friends.

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