|Saturday, March 1st, 2008||Published in: Product Reviews|
Normally legends are what we talk about in the past tense. However this book is really about 2 modern day legends being brought together by patron Hugh Eaton. The first legend is the Colt .45 and the other is the North American engraver, Winston Churchill.
This book follows the journey from when Hugh Eaton first meets Winston Churchill to discuss the project through to the end when Churchill has finally finished the gun and has to hand it back to the man that commissioned it. Rarely is the progress of a gun so well documented and presented to the general public in such a rich format.
The Churchill-Eaton Colt took several years to complete and Churchill recorded the process in detail with very clear crisp and close up photos. There are some stunning photos of the gold inlays and sculpting with Winston's comments of how and why he does things and his techniques.
The finished gun is shown in white and when finally blued. There are also numerous photos of some of Churchill's other engraved guns, pendants and knives.
This is more than just a book about an engraved gun. It is an inspiring insight into one of the most skilled, and highly sought after of American engravers. Churchill is an artist, pure and simple. His demeanor, attitude toward life, personal philosophies and his extraordinary engraving skill is living testimony to that.
From the early days of being brought up on a farm and meeting engraving mentor Joseph Fugger. The book explores the influences in Churchill's life and culminates in what Churchill himself describes as "This gun is a statement of my career – in fact, it's a statement of my life" The Churchill-Eaton Colt.
The book is 82 pages long and of the highest quality paper with gold gilded edges. As a bonus on the inside cover is a limited edition print of ruffled Grouse that is personally signed by Churchill, Eaton and author Charles Fergus.
This is a "must-have" book that all engravers should have in their library and because it's a limited edition, it won't be available for very long.
Review by Andrew Biggs as published on Page 22 in Issue 77 (Jan/Feb/Mar 2008) of The Engraver, a FEGA Journal. Used with permission. © 2008 FEGA.