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Expressive Idaho: Idaho Cowboy Artists Continue The Art Of Gun Engraving

The art of gun engraving is alive and well in eastern Idaho, thanks to a few dedicated cowboys who are willing to put in the hours of drawing and practice required. More than 50 years ago Dean Philbrick of Irwin, Idaho began to study the craft with a mentor. Now, through the Idaho Commission on the Arts’ Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Philbrick mentors aspiring engravers, helping ensure a storied art tradition lives on.

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