View Full Version : Help with Engraving

Greg Just
05-18-2010, 9:49 PM
I normally hang out in the tuners forum, but now I have a question for the engravers.

I turn a lot of travel mugs like those pictured below. I have been lucky enough to sell quite a few and recently customers have asked about engraving names and or logos on the mugs. I stopped at a local trophy shop and they don't do much wood, especially curved wood.

My question to this forum is - what are my options? What kind of local shop might do this? What format would the logs need to be in?

Thanks in advance.

Rodne Gold
05-19-2010, 12:55 AM
The rotary attachment that comes with some lasers can do these well.
Logos should be in a vector format - preferrably in Coreldraw as most ppl doing lasering use it - but corel imports a lot of other file formats too. You can also use a bitmap , providing its in a high resolution. Even less than stellar bitmaps would give quite good results here as the engraving wont be big in most cases. Speak to the guy who is gonna do the work for you to get his preference on format.

Chuck Stone
05-19-2010, 7:58 AM
I've done them, and like Rodne says, ask the engraver what format he'd
like and give him the highest resolution you can if it's a bitmap.
I've done them from jpegs, tif files . .and they can look just fine, but it
depends on the nut behind the wheel. If they know what to do with the
file and you start with a good enough image, raster images can look great.

ps .. I like your cherry mug better than mine. Your staves didn't fly off
in all directions. :p