ENGRAVING & CHECKERING

Our custom engraving and checkering services can accompany your full custom product order, or be arranged on a wide variety of firearms and projects that you supply. Please take a look through the samples of our finished work below and if you see something that sparks your imagination, you have been wanting to match a checkering pattern from an old classic rifle on your new custom build, you have a nickname you want to label your barrel with, or you have a business logo you want to include on your next firearm, simply contact us with your ideas.

ENGRAVING SAMPLES

 

We offer in-house laser engraving on Bullberry barrels, Bullberry-supplied G2 & Encore actions and a few select accessories from $20; graphic engraving from $50. More complete pricing and details can be found below, though these are priced upon request.
 

Text engravings can be produced in a variety of fonts, styles and sizes. Full custom design services, including graphic design are available for your graphic engraving request. Please email your interests or call for a consultation with September to work out the particulars of your next engraving.

Custom Family Crest
Custom Family Crest
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Custom Text
Custom Text
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Digitized Service Patch
Digitized Service Patch
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Angry Hornet graphic
Angry Hornet graphic
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2nd Amendment text
2nd Amendment text
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Custom Graphic Design
Custom Graphic Design
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Custom Text on trigger guard
Custom Text on trigger guard
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Howling Coyote & Trackway
Howling Coyote & Trackway
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Whitetail and Trackway with Jeweling
Whitetail and Trackway with Jeweling
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Encore and Acanthus Scroll
Encore and Acanthus Scroll

Scroll mimics old T/C Custom Shop's design

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TC Logo and Acanthus Scroll
TC Logo and Acanthus Scroll

Scroll mimics old T/C Custom Shop's design

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Memoriam Frame
Memoriam Frame
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Custom Silhouette with Bible Verse
Custom Silhouette with Bible Verse
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Elk on Camo Stock
Elk on Camo Stock
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Custom Texas A&M Camo Stock
Custom Texas A&M Camo Stock
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"Huntin' Fool" Text & Elk
"Huntin' Fool" Text & Elk
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"Buck Buster" and Whitetail Frame
"Buck Buster" and Whitetail Frame
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Bugling Elk Medallion
Bugling Elk Medallion
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Whitetail Medallion
Whitetail Medallion
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Script Memoriam with Jeweling
Script Memoriam with Jeweling
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Pepé Le Pew
Pepé Le Pew
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Ram Metallic Silhouette
Ram Metallic Silhouette
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Buffalo Silhouette
Buffalo Silhouette
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Custom Graphic and Text
Custom Graphic and Text
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Actual Photo Digitization
Actual Photo Digitization
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Custom Bull Graphic - backside
Custom Bull Graphic - backside
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Custom Bull Graphic
Custom Bull Graphic
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Custom graphics
Custom graphics
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Encore and Acanthus Scroll
Encore and Acanthus Scroll
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Acanthus Scroll & Old English
Acanthus Scroll & Old English
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Whitetail Bust on Frame
Whitetail Bust on Frame
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Bullberry Designed Acanthus Scroll
Bullberry Designed Acanthus Scroll
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Flourish Scroll with Date
Flourish Scroll with Date
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Flourish Scroll, Script and Monogram
Flourish Scroll, Script and Monogram
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Encore on Barrel
Encore on Barrel
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Sketched Bugling Elk
Sketched Bugling Elk
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Howling Coyote
Howling Coyote

Whitetail tracks on barrel

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Coyote tracks
Coyote tracks

on T/C barrel

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Moose Silhouette & Tracks with Name
Moose Silhouette & Tracks with Name
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CHECKERING

 

Checkering is performed on custom woodwork that will be finished in-house. The checkering process is done when the stock has had the initial finish layer applied. The stock receives its final finish after checkering, which seals the raw diamond cuts and creates a uniform appearance. We recommend our Epoxy finish (available in High Gloss or Satin) when deciding on checkering, though our Satin Production finish is certainly available.

Given our desire to be as custom as possible, it never made sense to September why we wouldn't offer such a classic custom firearm service ourselves, so she went ahead and taught herself how to do the work. She is always evolving her style and pattern repertoire, so if you don't see what you're looking for in the photo examples below just call or email to discuss what you're looking to have done – it's probably a possibility if it's not completely crazy.

Beyond the extremely detailed (tedious is probably a better word) process of hand-checkering we do offer Laser Checkering. This process uses a CO2 laser and (again) September's skills at design and programming to checker at a lesser cost AND do things that checkering tools simply cannot: fish scales, etc.

Please be aware that any hand checkering does add time to any custom order. Simply being hand work is time-consuming enough, but September is the only one who does the work and she also does all the T/C trigger adjustments and more, so we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Five-Diamonds
Five-Diamonds
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Pointed Grip Full Fill
Pointed Grip Full Fill
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Encore Flame Full Fill
Encore Flame Full Fill
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Overall Full Fill Grip
Overall Full Fill Grip
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Banded Full Fill – Martini
Banded Full Fill – Martini
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Banded Full Fill - Martini grip
Banded Full Fill - Martini grip
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Pointed Fleur-de-lis
Pointed Fleur-de-lis
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Pointed Fleur-de-lis
Pointed Fleur-de-lis
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Five-Diamonds
Five-Diamonds
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Custom Full Fill
Custom Full Fill
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Custom Full Fill
Custom Full Fill
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Encore with pointed full fill
Encore with pointed full fill
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Laser Fish Scales with border
Laser Fish Scales with border
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Laser Fish Scales with border
Laser Fish Scales with border
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Gripset/Flame Full Fill
Gripset/Flame Full Fill
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ENGRAVING PRICING

As mentioned above, prices for engraving are determined on request as each job is done custom, just like our barrels and woodwork. If you see something that sparks your imagination, you have a nickname you want to label your barrel with, or you have a business logo you want to see on your next firearm simply contact us with your idea.

Please note: Barrel engravings are limited in height due to the barrel radius and limited space between woodwork and scope mounts. If you have a large graphic in mind we recommend you feature it on a frame, synthetic stock, or piece of woodwork.

*engraving is not compatible with barrels or frames finished/coated with Weathershield product.

Custom engraving on other firearms or non-firearm products may also be available. Contact us with your specific requests for pricing and availability.

Note: most used Stainless barrels and frames supplied to us for engraving work will be refinished as part of the engraving process. If you would like your blued barrel(s) or frame(s) refinished before adding custom engraving please specify that when sending in your item(s). This work will add $60 (barrel) to $80 (frame), as the process involved includes multiple finishing stages as well as a full cleaning and testing of your frame's proper function.

Custom Graphic Design Services

 
Customer's photo
Customer's photo
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September's digital drawing
September's digital drawing
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Drawing as frame engraving
Drawing as frame engraving
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Over the years we have had customers look to get more personalized with their frame engraving by representing their preferred game in graphics. We now offer full graphic design services as a complement to our engraving services. If you are looking, like the above customer was, to have your actual trophy represented on your frame this is a fantastic option.

Beyond having your custom digital artwork decorating your firearm, we also offer walnut, pine, or basswood wall hangings/desk art that can feature not just the drawing you request, but also may include any text details you would like to accompany the artwork. Common details would be the hunter's name, the date and location of the hunt, firearm and caliber, trophy specifics, etc. These alone make great gifts, particularly for first-time hunters.

Graphic Design Services are available for non-firearm and non-Bullberry projects as well, as schedules and request specifications permit. September has worked on anything from logo design to commemorative knife engraving to custom signage for local Boy Scouts and Lions Club requests. Just send an email with your project needs and ideas and we will determine if and how we can help you.

CHECKERING PRICING

Hand Checkering

Standard features of hand checkering:

  • 20 lines per inch (lpi)

  • 1:3.5 diamond ratio

  • 90-degree points

60-degree points are available (and preferred) on harder woods than our California Black Walnut, as determined by the wood grain.

Laser Checkering

Reasons to consider machine checkering over the more intricate hand process are pattern, cost and time. If you are leaning toward a pattern or style that cannot be hand checkered (i.e. fish scales) laser engraving is a great option. This route also gives you the option of a traditional diamond texture without the expense or additional production time associated with hand checkering.


Limitations and what some may consider drawbacks still exist because of how the CO2 laser operates; wrap around patterns are not possible, grip patterns are limited in size/design as a result of the shapes/curves of our grips. Also, all designs using the laser engraving for checkering/texturing leave a charred finish on the wood surface. In order to remove that before finishing we lightly bead-blast the textured surface. This step is included in the pricing below. Cleaning up laser engraved diamond patterns with hand tools is available for an additional fee, dependent on the wood and pattern. 

Note: Laser checkering is not an option on most bolt action rifle stocks due to our laser table's dimensions.

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