At first, VJ thought that engraving was old fashioned, but he was excited when he realized that they were engraving with a lathe machine. And, I was given a long lecture on this process:(
|Fixing the letters to be engraved|
This engraving machine is table mounted and has 2 levers with pointers.
Step 1 - Fix pen and lathe plate in the mountings.
Step 2 - Assemble the characters to be engraved on the lathe plate. See the above shot.
(They have a wide range of alphabets and characters in brass lathe blocks.)
Step 3 - Switch on the machine, hold the levers firmly.
Step 4 - Start moving the lever on the lathe block like how you would use a stencil! Now, simultaneously the other lever on the pen plate moves and engraves the characters!
|Inlaid pic is the assembled lathe block characters|
Here is the end product.
I must admit that it is beautiful!