"Hand-Engraved" means just that. The engraver holds the tool in hand and guides it as it cuts the steel. Some of the tools I use are air powered (think tiny jack-hammer), others are pushed by hand without any air power. But all of the engraving is done by hand, one line at a time.
I treat each steel horseshoe with a rust inhibiting process and then I coat the shoes with four thin coats of clear lacquer to further guard against corrosion. However; the shoes should not be displayed out-of-doors, or in a high-humidity environment. If you display your heirloom horseshoe in-doors, it should never rust or corrode. I have clients who have owned their horseshoes for over 15 years with no problems.
If you want an engraved horseshoe to be displayed out-of-doors, I can make a white bronze shoe or an aluminum shoe for you. There is an additional charge for casting a bronze shoe. There is no additional charge for aluminum; however, not all of my designs are conducive to engraving on aluminum. Just contact me by using the contact form if you have any special requirements.
Yes, I can engrave your horse's old shoe. Previously worn horseshoes require some additional preparation. I will need to anneal the previously worn shoe prior to polishing it and engraving it. Just contact me using the contact form on the website and I will let you know how to proceed.
Yes, Just contact me and I can work up a custom horseshoe design just for you. I can duplicate your company logo, ranch brand or icon. I have even engraved wedding horseshoes to match the china pattern!
Impression dies are created by pushing a master into a piece of steel. The master is hand carved/sculpted and requires many hours to create. Some of my masters have taken 100+ hours to complete. The only way I can justify making new masters is by selling multiple impression of my original work. So, making a custom impression dies is not justifiable from a time/price standpoint.