Have you ever taken time to stare at the tool called a square?
It rarely gets the chance to shine, but is the key to a perfect line.
Without curves it might seem plain, but I ask you to look again.
In between its linear form, is now a design that isn't the norm.
Hand engraved, a design with flare, go ahead, take a stare.
I posted that little poem in the caption of this photo on my Instagram page. A square is an extremely useful tool to craftsmen but is rarely something that is very fancy. A few years back, I had the opportunity to engrave a hand plane made by Tony Rouleau of Hillview Wood & Metal. It was the first I was introduced to Tony's work and I was very impressed. Aside from the hand planes, Tony also makes other tools including these precision squares.
A customer of Tony's asked if I would engrave a large square for him, giving me free reign in design, other than it needed to include an anchor. Included in the shipment of the large square, was a tiny square which Tony gifted to me to hand engrave as I saw fit for my own tool collection.
As I was hand engraving this small square, the swirls of beautiful brass were falling down around me. Looking at them, I pondered the art which I impart to a piece. I wrote about it in the caption of this photo on my Instagram page, "It seems like a bit of an oxymoron that the addition of my art is through subtraction. In the carving out and removing of metal, I add my design to a piece. One tiny line at a time, a picture appears, now permanently carved into an object's surface. What was taken away, now leaves behind something new."
Engraving is more than scratching a surface, its carving out a design that will change the look of something forever. I hope the owner of this tool will treasure his square as much as I treasure mine.
My name is Jenny. I'm a hand engraver but I also am a creative who has a tough time sitting still. My mind is always swirling with new project ideas. In between engraving, I like to jump in and out of other activities like restoring a vintage camper, redecorating my home, woodworking and print making (just to name a few).