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American Engravers - The 21St Century Hardcover – 2010

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Blue Book Publications, Inc.; First Trade edition (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1936120070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936120079
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roderick Cameron on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Thirty one years after the publication of his 1980 book, "American Engravers", author C. Roger Bleile has followed through with a wonderfully illustrated new work:

"American Engravers -The 21st Century"

suitably launched at this year's Reno Show of the "Firearms Engravers Guild of America" (FEGA).

Between the hardbound covers of this 360 page book, readers will find forty-four biographies of America's finest engravers, with more than 700 high definition color photos covering their work in detail. Setting the whole story in context, sixty pages precede, which include the background of FEGA, a foreword by editor, S.P. Fjestad, introduction by the author, history of American arms engraving from the 1700's by R.L.Wilson, chapters on the state of the art in the 21st Century, and the value of engraving today. Housed in the back cover is a reference computer disc, crammed with useful information including the author's illustrated Glossary of engraving terms.

Roger Bleile is not only a successful author, he has hands-on experience as an engraver, and has been part of the core group who formed FEGA decades ago.

To quote the author, "Americans do love their guns!", so it is not surprising that a good deal of the illustrated works are on firearms and edge weapons, however you will find other artifacts displayed... jewelry, musical instruments, watches, buckles, spurs, tools, fishing rods and reels. Having read the book, I have to agree with the publishers, it is without doubt the finest book ever published on American engraving.

In the interest of full disclosure, it should be known that I am not a gun engraver, my trade is 18th century style flute making, and I sometimes engrave the silver keys and rings on these wood bodied instruments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Jung II on August 29, 2012
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This is one of the finest coffee table books on the market illustrating art on steel. Some of the best living engravers in this country show their best work in this book. I marvel at the talent to create art in this medium. The photography and quality of the book is 1st class. I would put it up next to Wilson's the latest book out "Magnificent Colts" and it is on fifth the cost! If you want a picture book on pistol engraving, buy this book.
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