First, a little about me. I have been gunsmithing since
1997 and engraving since 2003. I started building custom
1911s in 1998 and have continued to refine my skills in
both machining and hand work. I currently teach classes
on 1911 customization, revolver tuning and engraving for
gunsmithing students at Colorado School of Trades. I take
great pride in producing top notch custom pistols for my
customers whether it is a simple tune up for full custom
build from the frame up. While I spend a good deal of
time on the "looks" of the pistol function is of the utmost
importance. Anything less than 100% reliability is
unacceptable to me.

All of the work I do is one of a kind, designed especially
for YOU, the customer. I would be happy to discuss any
project you may have in mind. We offer several styles of
scroll, including American, English, German and bank
note. Bulino game scenes and precious metal inlay along
with many styles of lettering are also available. In
addition to the traditional engraving styles mentioned
above, I also offer tribal, flame and tattoo art engraving.
To receive a price quote on your job, please contact
David and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The time required to complete your custom job will vary
depending on the amount of coverage, complexity of the
design and the amount work already in process. An
estimate will be provided along with the price quote.

I also offer hand polishing and metal prep services,
Belgian, rust and nitre bluing along with hot blue. Metal
preparation involves not only polishing the metal to the
desired finish but also truing flats, squaring corners, etc.
Older classics that have been worn or even new guns
that came from the factory a little "out of true" are perfect
candidates for prep and polish.

Rust bluing is a favored finish for engraving because it
actually highlights the engravers work. It is however a
very time consuming process and can take a week or
more to complete. Belgian bluing is faster version of the
rust process that produces very nice results in a much
shorter amount of time. Hot blue duplicate modern
factory bluing. I have also added Cerakote and Duracoat
to my available finishes and stock a number of colors of
each finish.

I post photos of work in progress, machine set ups, etc on
my Facebook and Instagram pages. Be sure to click on
the links below if you want to see more.
Arvada, Colorado
David Clevinger Engraving floorplate
David Clevinger Engraving elk floorplate