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The Craft Of Gun Engraving Lives On With Eastern Idaho Cowboys

Arlie Sommer
Expressive Idaho

The art of gun engraving is alive and well in eastern Idaho thanks to a few dedicated cowboys. 

More than 50 years ago Dean Philbrick of Irwin, Idaho began to study gun engraving with a mentor. Now, through the Idaho Commission on the Arts’ Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Phillbrick himself now mentors aspiring engravers, helping ensure a storied art tradition lives on.


Producer Arlie Sommer takes us into the workshops of two cowboy artists with the newest episode of “Expressive Idaho.”

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!