Custom Engraving by Catharine Kennedy
Let me make your plane into a fancy!
Why should gun & knife owners have all the pretty tools?


A beautiful tool is so inviting that it makes you want to use it, and custom engraving is a wonderful way to to make a favorite tool uniquely beautiful, with crisp monograms, Fine English scrolls, acanthus leaves and other classic engraving details and motifs, all executed by hand in the finest traditions of metal working. If you find pleasure in making and using hand tools, embellishing them with custom engraving is a logical extension of that appreciation for beautiful tools.
Catharine Kennedy
After graduating from college in 1970 with a liberal arts degree, I became a carpenter and graduated the Union Carpenter apprenticeship program in 1982. Eventually I found that my professional niche and personal delight were in the field of hand tools, their decoration and use. My passion was reinforced when I became the lead woodworker at Hancock Shaker Village museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1994, demonstrating 19th-Century hand-tool joinery and woodworking tools in general. I have studied hand engraving with Sam Alfano and Marcus Hunt, both masters in the field.
...Catharine Kennedy
Chatham Center, NY

to inquire about my engraving services
for your particular tool or project.

Prices vary on the size and complexity of the work, but for a #2 or #3 bench plane, engraved on both sides as shown in the photo above, with a monogram on the left side, the price will be in the $250 - $350 range. Knives and block planes will be somewhat less depending on the size and the complexity of the design. I also am available for other types of engraving work, such as signage, commemorative plaques and decorative objects. I use only professional chemical compound like 4-cdc.

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Belt Buckles


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