American Art: Firearm Engraving by Samantha Cherry

By Major Van Harl

Colt Single Action Army chambered in .357 Magnum and engraved by Sam Cherry.
Colt Single Action Army chambered in .357 Magnum and engraved by Sam Cherry.
Major Van Harl USAF Ret
Major Van Harl USAF Ret

Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- Nobody in the Cherry family remembers any art work on the refrigerator. It probably was not until Samantha Cherry was in high school that a profound understanding about just how artistically talented Samantha was, manifested itself.

A high school art project, a self-portrait done in chalk was being shown, when family, friends, teachers, and Samantha all came to the understanding there was real skill on display.

Miss Cherry’s art medium of choice is charcoal. She truly loves to draw in charcoal. She took these talents and earned an undergraduate degree in graphic design.

While in college it was suggested by her father that she explore the art of engraving on metal. Her father, Kevin Cherry, was in the fine gun business and understood the increased valued of a firearm that had been professionally engraved (www.cherrys.com).

Firearms Engraver Sam Cherry

Colt Single Action Army, engraved by Sam Cherry
Colt Single Action Army, engraved by Sam Cherry
Engraving by Sam Cherry
Engraving by Sam Cherry

Miss Cherry continued to hone her metal engraving craft by attending Michael Dubber’s Engraving Studio (engravingclasses.com) and learning from one of “the” engraving masters in the US firearms world. This quality early training has propelled Samantha Cherry into producing excellent art work on firearms, but then there was Italy.

Miss Cherry believed she needed to go to Italy and learn from the old world engraving masters in order to further refine her success in the new world. So she started learning Italian and spent three months in Italy studying engraving and improving her Italian. She returned to the US to practice her skills on real firearm engraving commissions. She then went back to Italy for another three months of increased and expanded proficiency training in firearms engraving.

Samantha Marie Cherry returned to the US to start her own engraving business, Engraving by Sam (http://engravingbysam.webs.com). Since Miss Cherry is known professionally as Engraving by Sam, she requested I call her Sam. If you look at her above website or go to her facebook page (www.facebook.com/engravingbysam) you will observe some of her latest engraving work.

This young woman has rare talent that like a great Italian wine, is only going to get better with age.

Engraver Sam Cherry
Engraver Sam Cherry

Sam explained her strongest art talent is her drawing abilities in charcoal. She is an exceptional artist first and then an engraver. In doing my research for this column I find there are many very talented engravers who do wonderful scroll and line engraving but have difficulties in producing fine featured art work. It would appear Sam excels with her work in bulino engraving.

Sam advised me if I want an image of my daughter engraved on a Henry rifle that is not her strongest area of engraving expertise. If I want an exceptionally well defined buffalo or elk with trees and mountains popping with intensity in the back ground, then Sam Cherry is the engraver you need to commission for that project. It is her keen artist eye for drawing and including fine details that she can project on a firearm action with her bulino engraving skills that stand out and engraving consumers are taking notice.

Bobby Tyler of Tyler Gun Works (www.facebook.com/tylergunworks), discovered Sam Cherry’s engraving skills almost by accident at a gun show in Denver. Sam had a table at the show to display her engraving work and Mr. Tyler was just about to embark on a new limited edition project of custom color case Ruger Vaqueros.

About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School.  A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI.  His efforts now are directed at church campus safely and security training.  He believes “evil hates organization.”  [email protected]

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William

I met Ms. Cherry while she was under Mike Dubbers’ tutelage. I thought she was going to Italy for three years, not three months. Good luck to her, I hope she does well.

Wild Bill

Boy Howdy, she is a looker… and
Samantha is kind of a cutie, too!

Robert Hartwig Jr.

Gene I find your remark insulting and very rude. I worked in the firearms industry for over 20 years and had never heard the term Barbecue Gun. My question was tongue in cheek a joke if you will. I would match my current and former collections of firearms against yours any day. And that is to say, nothing about my experience with firearms. And the wide range of firearms I have been privileged to have the opportunity to shoot over the years.Have you ever been invited to the Smith and Wesson factory for being one of the top salesmen of… Read more »

Harvey Wilson

Barbecue Gun has been a descriptive of fancy or pretty guns at Firearmsforum.com or many years.
We’re mostly a group of older pistol shooters that go back to Compuserve days.

Elijahman

Awesome old school engraving !!! I love it and thanks for drawing attention to these wonderful artistic details. Go man and go girl!!!

Wild Bill

I never thought that I would appreciate fancy weapons, having grown up with utilitarian weapons, but I came across a beautiful second generation Colt single action at the Wannenmacher Tulsa Arms show, and just had to have it. Now, it is my barbecue pistol!

Robert Hartwig Jr.

I know I will be sorry but I just have to ask anyway. JUST what the flip is a Barbecue pistol ? Is it anything like a shower pistol ?? (Adam 12 reference to the shower scene in the Bates Motel) Where you keep a pistol by your barbecue in case of a vombie attack ???

Wild Bill

@RH, Well, when someone invites you to their Saturday afternoon barbecue you don’t wear your old cloths, do you? In Texas, we wear our fancy pistol to the barbecue. Doesn’t everybody?

Gene

Libtards like RH wear water pistols and super soakers

Robert Hartwig Jr.

I’ll match my list of current and former firearms and those I have sold or shot over the years against anyone’s. I am offended to be mistaken for a liberal.

Wild Bill

@OV, Ahh, a man of culture and wisdom.

Robert Hartwig Jr.

I said I was going to be sorry for asking.LOL I thought that Might be the answer but the English language has bee so polluted by Hippy and Libtard speak it’s hard to tell these days. Say does anyone out there support me in requiring all Public institutions of so called Higher learning ban any class that doesn’t help get a grad a job.????