This delicate and detailed 5" x 5" engraving was made from a photo I took during a trip to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. This particular shot was undistinguished as a photo, but it was very high contrast and went through the heavy digital editing quite well. Once I actually engraved it I knew I had a lovely image.
This is a great example of what I can do with a photo if you want to do a custom engraving for yourself or as a gift.
These engravings are done on an archival Mason Board surface that has been coated with a thin layer of white Kaolin Clay. I manipulate the photos digitally to reduce them to line art and then run that file through my laser engraver. The dark lines in the image is where the laser has burned away the clay, revealing the dark Mason Board underlayer. The surface can be watercolored and is quite durable. I also use this material as the basis for the Encaustic Beeswax art pieces I offer.