MRM Engraving

Mitch Moschetti Bio
In 1981 while attending the University of Colo.- Boulder, I had the good fortune of meeting John Rohner (who needs no further introduction). In addition to the basics of engraving, he also taught me a wide variety of molding & casting techniques in the Museology Dept. Upon graduating in 1983 with a BA in EPO Biology (a field in which I no longer had any professional interest), I began a career as a full-time engraver. When FEGA initially established the Professional class of membership in 1985(?), I was the youngest engraver to achieve that status. In 1999 I won the Professional Division of the American Vision jewelry design competition sponsored by the Manufacturing Jewelers & Silversmiths Assoc. (MJSA) for a pencil rendering of a relief-sculpted pendant & earring set I made in stainless steel for my wife, Andy. (click for photo)

Over the years I've cultivated other business interests, but the embellishment of metal remains my first love. Although it hasn't been my primary source of income in a long time, I continue to do the occasional special engraving project for a select clientele. I hold four US Patents, with several more pending, and have a long list of projects that may eventually be developed for commercial use. Currently I'm working on a number of tools, etc., that were designed and refined for my own use over thirty years of engraving and related metalwork, for sale to the trade.

Few are aware of this, but I've already contributed to a couple advancements in engraving technology. In 1986 I suggested to Don Glaser that running the hose out the side of the handle would allow GraverMeister & GraverMax handpieces to be used just like a traditional hand burin. (click for original prototype & letter). GRS currently offers at least five models that utilize my idea. Then in 2000, I was searching for a faster way to do dot bulino on a mega-project that required gradient tone shading on acres of wide 24kt gold borders. (click for photo) I experimented with a Lindsay Air Chasing Graver, but found if everything was tweaked down as far as possible for super-fine work it would only vibrate- the piston still had too much inertia to react quickly enough to make discrete separate impacts. I called Steve and after determining everything was adjusted correctly and it still couldn't do what I wanted, asked if he'd make an even smaller/shorter/lighter piston especially for me. He did, it worked beautifully, and saved me several hundred hours of coma-inducing drudgery not to mention all the other engravers who have used his ultra-light piston since. (click for Steve's letter).

Originally a native and lifelong resident of Denver, Colorado, I moved to North Carolina in 2002 with my wife, Andy. My many other interests include our three Jack Russell terriers, track driving, woodworking, remodeling & renovation of home & shop, cooking (especially my wife's cooking & baking!) and following current events.




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