Otto Carter design (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

 

Master Engraver Otto Carter is hard at work creating a new design for the TTAG Project Gun. He’s got the naked Cabot S-Class 1911 frame, upon which he’ll engrave in the Victorian Aesthetic style. As with all Otto’s projects, this job begins with a sketch. Notice the 3D effect of the olive leaves wrapping around the banner (to be filled in). Also note the dark areas to the left of the image. That’s where Cabot (and other 1911 makers) put striations so that owners can grip the side for racking. Otto’s design provides a visual marker; the design will be etched deep into the metal to afford a strong grip. The 55-year-old engraver will be doing this job as all members of his craft do: with a hammer and a chisel. No computers. No lasers. Just a steady hand and an artful eye. Watch this space for updates.

9 Responses to TTAG Project Gun: Otto Carter Aesthetic Style Takes Shape

  1. I think calling Mr. Carter a master at his craft is selling his talent short. Some seriously beautiful work on his site.

  2. Mr Carter does indeed appear to be a master of his craft, but I personally find the Victorian Aesthetic style to be an eyesore at best. And a 1911, of all things, has no connection to the Victorian Aesthetic whatsoever. I’d rather see even boring old American Scroll engraving.

    And for God’s sake, man, get rid of that abomination of a trigger. PLEASE!

  3. Your gun your choice on how to dress it.

    It looks to be good work … but it has little appeal to me, aesthetically speaking.

  4. Robert, I would have figured you for an Art Nouveau/Jugenstil kind guy (which would have been my personal choice, especially for a 1911).

  5. Will there be a dinosaur like on that one famous CZ pistol? I request dinosaurs. Tasteful, Victorian aesthetic dinosaurs.

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