Lisa Tomlin, master engraver
Practitioner of Traditional Hammer & Chisel Engraving
Firearm Engravers Guild of America
G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Really Into Shooting)
Lisa Tomlin was born in 1960 in Virginia. Her childhood love of graphite drawing set the perfect grounds for what will later become her career as an engraver. At the age of 23 she replaced the pencil with hammer and chisel and has been transferring her art onto metal for 32 years. In 1983 she met Ken Hurst, who had set up an engraving production shop in her hometown. Read more
There seems to be a resurgence within the ranks of the sporting industry, and in society as a whole; an appreciation for old-world, hand-crafted pieces. I'm pleased to see this as I've always subscribed to the slower, more methodical and craft-focused hammer & chisel for engraving. There's just something about an heirloom piece that seems to mean so much more to future generations when they know that actual human hands, and not machines, made the gun or the knife they're carrying...