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Old 10-14-2008, 05:43 AM
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Default Bulino Templates

Yes it is possible to to create the work below with a 'Coggan' 'Cortini' etc. Template, but the gravers are not magical tools. You have to have a certain amount of artistic skill to start with, having said that they do give you a head start, and they take the guesswork out of the 'am I sharpening it right' situation!

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That's the key once again, isn't it Phil?

Your bulino point lets me make the lines you make - as the other styles let me make other lines, but it's still up to me to do something with those lines.

Ah well, even if I can't do that I can still use those lines for things that are within my more limited artistic skills. And if I keep practicing, perhaps someday...
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:46 AM
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Phil, Is this point to make lines too or is it just for dots and short dashes? Do you have another point with a small heel that you use for lines in scenes?
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:37 AM
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Steve,
This does it all! In game scenes it's good for long and short ultra fine lines, also for medium deep lines ie. the left hand shaded edge of the ele scene, dot work, in fact everything you need for a gamescene.
I also used it for the fine shading lines on the scroll in the picture.
Oh! and it's also good for lettering. All my gun naming is done with this tool.
It can be used for a complete letter or by combining it with a flat.

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Old 10-14-2008, 11:14 AM
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Thanks Phil, But how does the point keep from diving when cutting lines since it doesn't have a heel? I talked with a print maker engraver once that said he didn't use heels on his gravers and I didn't understand how he kept the point from diving.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:21 PM
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If it does start to dive you just drop down to a shallower angle, it might take a bit of getting used to after a heel, I find that mine never dives, i've used one from scratch if you pardon the pun, in fact for game scenes I find the heel makes the tool too steep and uncomfortable.
All I can say is try it and see.

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Old 10-14-2008, 04:05 PM
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Thanks for the graver design the Elephant practice plate I posted was done with your point and all hand pushed in copper real soft. Was easy to go deep or light. I will add a lot more detail when I try it in steel. Thanks again Dave
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:09 PM
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Mr. Phil, how does this tool handle on curves ? I tried your design a month or so back but had differculities making tight curves --- am I doing something wrong ? For straight lines and shallow curves, it's great. Many thanks for sharing ! Ken
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:06 AM
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Ken, it should work on curves, but it's not designed for DEEP tight curves.

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Old 10-15-2008, 02:33 AM
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Phil, Do you have to sand the shading cuts back a bit to get rid of burrs or just leave them? I know the 70 degree Italian bulino tool requires sanding it back and am curious as if you do this also. Thank you and wonderful work as always. Rock&Roll!
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:17 AM
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On the majority of lines you should'nt get any burrs, you might get slight ones on deeper tight curves.
Game scenes are not sanded back at all, this is very important. I also don't sand back the shading lines on scrolls, if there are any, they will be very very small.

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Old 10-15-2008, 10:48 AM
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Phil,

I just realized something. The graver I used to use for bulino dots was just a straight shank on the bottom without a heel. If I were to try and cut a line with it I would have needed to hold the graver perfectly horizontal to the surface. This bulino graver you use is tapered on the bottom and not straight with the shank. Effectly the taper is a shallow very long heel. So for cutting a line the taper on the bottom is raising the angle of attack. Anyway, I just tried cutting some fine lines with it and you're right it works great


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Old 10-15-2008, 11:03 AM
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:42 AM
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When I was in Italy and visiting some big name engravers I made a comment about there being no heel on their tools and they looked at me like I had two heads. I understand the dot picking method now and have cut some lines with a tool with no heel. It takes alot of practice to do bulino in steel.

Phil, in the example you posted it looks like the tool is a flat but I assume that is just a problem with the graphics. I assume the tool is a point.

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Old 10-18-2008, 12:40 PM
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Yes Neil the tool does have a point. If you look at Steve's graphics you will see that it has a diamond shape face, but I have noticed that after a few beers this can look flat
The angle of the face I think is 45 degrees, this can be steepened by up to about 10 degrees for harder metal.

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Well I didn't have a few beers but it could just be these old eyes, I maybe should use my optivisor.

Thanks Phil

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Old 10-18-2008, 10:17 PM
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Phil, Is this point to make lines too or is it just for dots and short dashes? Do you have another point with a small heel that you use for lines in scenes?
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Phil and Steve,

This is the exact shape tool I use for almost all cutting, Modified larger or smaller face of attack depending on cut size desired. Works well for Buliono & Puntinni, ( Dots, picking method, maybe a little flatter face of attack but much the same). It may have something to do with us guys with a Hammer & Chisel background.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:51 PM
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I heard Italians sharpen their bulino this way too. Phil's and Dario's are basically the same. Just different angles. The templates make both as well as other various points easier to sharpen since there is no guess work remembering one point's angles to the next.
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:47 PM
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This looks to be a 60 degree. Is that right?, or what angle is it?
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:55 PM
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I thought this was rather interesting. It's out of an old book on engraving (late 1800s, early 1900s I think).

Very much the same.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:04 AM
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There you go...and all these years later, the same tool and the same way of sharpening.
As for the angles, Dario's and mine would be slightly different, in fact if I sharpen by hand no two would be exactly the same. It is very difficult when holding the tool against a grindstone wheel to be accurate.
This is the benefit you get with Steve's templates.

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Old 10-21-2008, 08:14 AM
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I watched many Italian engravers work in Brescia. And in the words of Dario there are as many ways to sharpen a graver as there are engravers. Perhaps it is because God did not make all of our hands the same shape.

While using an Italian graver there is always a chance of losing control and gouging into the metal. It is a little like riding a bike.

Steve if you recall the graver I sent you that Dario ground out for me the bottom of the v was mostly removed leaving only a small part of the v at the cutting end as I recall perhaps a 1/16 inch at the most. This is what is used to creat clearence.

As far as making dots, dashes, and lines; a line is only about .0005 of an inch in width. A dash is a short line and a dot is a line as wide as it is long.

I will try to get photos the next time I am in Italy for you guys.

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Old 10-21-2008, 01:35 PM
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My tool has the bottom PARTIALLY ground away,and there are two reasons for this.
One... it allows the tool to be dropped when it starts to dive.

Two... when sharpening by hand (not templates) with an oil and Arkansas stone, you need a certain amount of 'Flat' area on the sides of the tool to stop it from rolling.

All the engraving that i've posted on this forum has be done with this tool, scroll, gamescenes, portraits and inlay.

I have been using it (Push & Hammer) for twenty six years and if you use it correctly, it won't dig in.

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Old 10-21-2008, 03:20 PM
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Thanks again Phil and Phillip for the help with these points and templates. The person that cuts templates has Dario's bulino and Roland's inlay templates finished and they are ready to be picked up in town. It is raining here again today and the weather channel says we may get 6 to 8 inches of snow tonight. It is too early for snow! Phillip, please yes take more pictures next time you're in Italy. I have the ones you emailed in July of Dario and another engraver using the template sharpener. Would it be ok for me to post these? Thanks again, Steve
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Old 10-22-2008, 04:40 AM
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Yes of course please use the photos.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:33 PM
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Thanks again Phillip. Here are the photos of Dario.






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I am "new" metal engraving, however, have been a glass engraver for several years having engraved glass for several companies as well as in my studio. I know the excellence of this group and the great engraving that so many do. My congratulations to each of you and especially to Steve for his hard work and his incredible engraving and tools. Looking forward to being a part of the group. Don Tate - Draper UT
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The flat on the bottom how close to the tip do you grind this. Does this work like a heel so it would be fairly close to the tip or farther back. I used the graver without the bottom portion ground out and it does great straight lines. I stumbled into this chat on it's grind and found out there is a bottom to the graver. I seen the flat on the template but did not utilize it. So now I wish to know how much or how little.
Phil I like this graver even without the bottom ground ( my stuff doesn't look as sweet as yours though )
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Hi Phil, I received your template, today I wonder if you can use to make shadows, I'm new in this world, and all are questions for me.
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Which graver blank is best for Bulino being done on Guns? Carbalt, M42, or HSS?

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Old 01-29-2011, 03:13 PM
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Hi Donny,

When you can get away with it use carbalt but the more narrow of V graver angle you make (fragile of point) the chance the carbalt point will break increases. If the point is breaking first dub the point slightly and see if that helps but if the point is still breaking go with the M42. The carbalt will hold an edge longer than M42 but it is more fragile than M42 or HSS.

Here is a chart showing pros and cons of each.

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Does the little flat where the other templates have a point at the bottom of the "V" serve any purpose in the use of the template? I bought one a while back and want to give this grind a try and making sure I do it right.
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thank you Phil and Steve for all the great information, it will help greatly in the coming years of practice.

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