Authentic Hand Engraving

This website is dedicated to making the true art of fine hand engraving available to you.  Some engravers consider their work to be hand engraved because the machine they use is guided by their hand or the image was traced by hand before using acid to create the engraving.  All work shown here is hand engraved by Tim Buchanan and is authentic hand intaglio engraving using gouge and push techniques carved directly into the metal.  

Company Profile

In 1967, after 4 years as a design draftsman working for a local civil engineering firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tim Buchanan decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a custom hand engraver of precious metals. 

Tim's father, James D. Buchanan (1918 - 2003), started his engraving career at the age of 16.  "Jimmy" retired at 76 after 60 years of creating new lettering styles, winning national awards for both his artistic and engraving abilities, and developing untold thousands of friendships with happy clients the world over.  His legacy lives on.

For 42 years now, Tim has been producing  authentic hand engraved heirlooms. He offers his customers a uniqueness in design and craftsmanship that makes a truly one of a kind piece to be a treasured keepsake for many years.  Just take a look at some of his work on our "Works of Art" page.

Tim's work is known internationally by kings, presidents, professional athletes, state governments and the corporate world.  However, he mostly enjoys working one-on-one and prides himself in being able to produce high quality pieces of art for "ordinary people".

Over the years he has had the honor and pleasure of engraving thousands of custom requests including coats-of-arms, company logos, monograms, signatures, children's silhouettes, pets and even landscapes.  He has engraved these images on rings, earrings, charms, jewelry boxes, lockets, pendants, trays, loving cups, flatware, silver services and the list goes on.  However, his specialty is coat-of-arms engraving and custom monograms and designs on silver and gold.

"If you have a picture or an image....I can engrave it".

Take a look at some of Tim's work on the "Works of Art" page.

You may also want to view our Engraving Style Sheets for more examples of what is available.

Engraving Style Sheet #1
Engraving Style Sheet #2
Engraving Style Sheet #3

Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like to inquire about your own custom hand engraved artwork, please give me a call or email


704-568-3737  USA Eastern Time




Postal address

T.S. Buchanan
P. O. Box 77443
Charlotte, NC 28271