A Quick Dive into Engraving History and Evolution

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May 16

A Quick Dive into Engraving History and Evolution

Since the beginning of time, man has always wanted a way to leave their mark. We can see this with the earliest cavemen drawings. Wanting a more permanent means of recording history & art, man created the engraving process. Engraving which is “the process or art of cutting or carving a design on a hard surface, especially to make a print” can be used to create many types of permanent recordings.

The earliest engravings have been discovered in Java, Indonesia more than 500,000 years ago, the engravings found on shells were thought to be made by our precursor Homo erectus. Ancient engravings called hieroglyphs can also be found in many Egyptian cities, including Lu xor and Memphis.

The traditional engraving was either done by hand chiseling away the design on the material, using machines that mechanically cut away the designs, or using sandblasting. The laser engraving process uses computer programs to create designs that are then run through laser engraving machines.

Some modern engraving methods are still used today for:

• Glass Engraving
• Jewelry Engraving
• Wood Engraving
• Stone Engraving
• Tomb Stones
• Engraved Bricks
• Engraved Tiles

While there are many methods of engraving depending on the material being engraved, the process, in general, has not changed in hundreds of years. With the advent and advancement in technology, the process and technique for brick engraving have improved greatly over the years.

Polar Engraving, a brick engraving company, uses a hybrid method for engraving. The hybrid method includes laser engraving for precision as well as sandblasting to create depth and a three-dimensional look, it also helps the engravings look better and last longer. Our technique has not changed since 1998, and we offer a lifetime warranty on all of our engravings.

Author: Patrick Calman

patrick calman

CEO of Polar Engraving, a family-owned business, founded in 1998, specializing in successful fundraising brick campaigns and Veterans Memorials.

The Only Brick engraving company in the USA, OFFICIALLY LICENSED, by the US Military to engrave all military emblems.

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