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    My name is James D. Whitehead. I have been a bench jeweler for much of my life. I started as an apprentice when I was 14. I'm a self tought engraver. I started to make miniature knives in 1981. I just started to make larger knives as my eyesight isn't what it used to be. I have six children and 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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    Lindsay AirGraver

    Hi Jim. James Whitehead here.This is my first post. I really don't what I'm doing but here goes. Your pin is outstanding. On the Lindsay aie graver. I haven't used one as the price is out if my reach, but I've only heard good things about it. I also think Steve lindsay is one of the finest engravers ther is. I use the GRS graver max and have for a number of years. I have no complants about it. I use a compreser that is supper quiet. It was a bit expensive, but I bought it when I was working as a bench jeweler. I also use a stero microscope as my eye sight isn't what it was. Most of the time I use the gravermax and I use carbide gravers and shapen them with diamond wheels. I polish the carbide gravers with the GRS power hone and cerramic discs. I still use hand push gravers with tool steel and also high speed steel and momax cobolt steel. I think I've enclosed a photo of a lock back knife blade I'v been working on. I'm no to sure if it will work but here goes. Again great work Jim Whitehead
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    Lindsay AirGraver

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    Hi Janel. As a jeweler I've made more hinges than I'd care to remember. Making hinges is time consumeing. I now use doll house piano hinges. They come in six inch lengths and different widths. They also have miniature nails made just for the hinges. If you really want I will work up some drawings to show how to make a few different kinds of hinges. James D. Whitehead
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    Ebony Leaf Carving

    Hi Jim beautiful work. I would post some of my work but I have a problem with photos size. I need to beat my computer with a hammer to make it do what I want it to do. Working large is a problem for me as always worked in miniature size. I really enjoy seeing works in progress in the different steps you go through from start to finish. Really outstanding. Thank you for sharing Jim Whitehead
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    My name is James Whitehead. I have been a bench jeweler for most of my adult life. I started as an apprentice when I was just past 14 years old. I'm done other things but I've always enjoyed working with my hands. As a jeweler I have worked with silver, gold and platinum. I have cast silver and gold but not platinum. Platinum I did mostly hand fabrication. Around 1981 I started making miniature knives. Around the same time I became interested in hand engraving. Being self-taught as an engraver I learned all the bad habits, some painful and some took longer. I've known Bob Weinstock for some years now and greatly admire his work. I would like to learn his skills in chasing and carving in metal. I should also say I'm 67 years old but I still enjoy what I do. Thank you for the Carving Path