Tony Medlin of HillBilly Customs has been engraving part time since 1994 and now full time since 2004. He grew up with a strong fondness and respect of guns and the artistic manner in the way they are made and embellished.
He learned some of his trade while working for his mom and dad, who had an arts and woodcraft business; this taught him the patience and gave him a keen eye for perfection. He found the love of engraving while attending a gun show and meeting the person who would become his teacher, Jesse Houser.
Tony attended Montgomery Community College in Troy, North Carolina where Jesse Houser taught him the art of metal engraving. Jesse was taught his skills from Mater Engraver Ken Hurst, who engraved for Colt, Winchester, Ruger, Walther, Harrington & Richardson and Thompson Center just to name a few.
Now Tony is keeping the legacy of Ken Hurst and Jesse Houser alive while plying his trade and God given talent for all the gun enthusiast across the U.S.
The Laser Engraving process is a computer process that is programmed into a computer art program where any kind of font and or exsisting clip art work can be tranferred onto a firearm.
For more personalized of created custom art work can be done by our artist then computer copied and then a vector file is then created and then the image can be transferred onto your firearm.
Laser Engraving is the very precise way of achieving the sharpest perfect image and or font to be applied. Most of all images or font are then color filled with paint then a clear coat is applied. Its so precise that you can even sign your name onto a piece of paper and then we can transfer that exact same signature onto for example the pistol grip of a shotgun or rifle.
Laser work can be done on all types of material including wood, synthetic, even polymere. The Laser process also that can be done on polished metal and or alumnium by polishing the side of a slide or a reciever and spraying on a ceramic coating then burning the coating on and cleaning off the excess and then appling a proper clear coat for protecting either a matte finish or high gloss, a great way of personalizing or a great retirement gift!