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Master Engraver Otto  Carter

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Otto  Carter
10038 PR 2224
Abilene, TX  79602

I was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. I went to Abilene Christian University and got a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984. While in college I apprenticed as a sign painter for Ellison Edwards Sign Co. I had originally intended on getting a Masters in Fine Arts and teaching art in college but decided I wanted to stay in the sign business. As a graphic designer I became aware of scroll designs used in engravings. I bought James B. Meek's "The Art of Engraving". Whenever I would look through that book I was always amazed at how engravers could do such intricate work. The vinyl cutting computer came along in the late 80's and changed the sign business in a way that made me want to look for another artistic endeavor. In 2002 I took an introductory engraving course under Mike Dubber at GRS and decided I wanted to engrave full time. As an artist I have always studied style and have a very eclectic approach to engraving design. Styles from the 1800's are my favorite but I also enjoy theme projects and I love working with customer's ideas. I engrave firearms, motorcycles, watches, jewelry, and all kinds of odd things.
Bond Arms Derringer A Henry rifle - left side. Smith and Wesson Trailboss .44 A Sharps Rifle with a mighty grizzly! Bond Arms Derringer Engraved shovelhead h-d motor, steampunk style Engraved Movado watch Chopper tank Victorian style Bond Arms derringer Holy Diver North American .22 Tribal style engraving on NAA Guardian

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