Time for our blog to say "Hello World!" We get many requests for a better understanding of what we do and what makes us different.We will use this blog to do just that.
Yes, we can make you custom products with Lost Art Technologies(TM) Much of the decorative work is completed on antique equipment, such as a Holtzapffel Ornamental Lathe, being from the early to mid-1800's and Engine Turning equipment from the early 1900's. We do use some modern equipment, too, when it makes sense for production purposes. For example, Our hand gravers are from the mid-late 1800's but we also have CNC equipment and a full modern wood shop. The methodology is very traditional, no matter what tool we are using. That sets us apart.
Tiffany & Co made a lot of jewelry and other articles using Engine Turning techniques until the 1950's although I have found that they still offer an "engine turned" money clip and key ring still to this day. The famous eggs of Faberge' were made in ages past with the same engine turning and enameling technique we use. Unfortunately, much of the equipment for engine turning went out of vogue and became metal scrap in WWII and has subsequently become quite rare.
We have has been collecting our Ornamental and Engine Turning tools for more than 20 years. Some pieces have taken over a decade to collect and make parts so they are functional. And, we are still expanding our collection with the restoration of a Straight Line Brocade Engine, another Round Brocade Engine and a Medallion Lathe.
Feel free to contact us if you feel you need something truly special to fulfill your need. We will go into more detail about all this, and more, in the coming blogs. Thanks for Reading! -Tig