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How did I fall in love with Italy and learned this noble trade?
Here is an excerpt from an article written in Who´s Who in The Engraving World
“ Joseph Joseph: (born 1938, New Hampshire) - Joseph began his engraving career at the mature age of forty one.
It was at the Paul Jaeger Gun Company where he worked on fine quality rifles and shotguns that he discovered the beauty of gun engraving. It ignited a passion in him that led him to Temple University in Philadelphia where he took art classes, this was not enough to satisfy the fires that burned within. He enrolled at the Abington School of fine arts where he studied drawing of the human figure. It was when he discovered the book L' ARTE DELL' INCISIONE authored by Mario Abbiatico, that book charged him with more desire not only to learn the art but motivated him to leave the gunsmiths trade and pursue his engraving passion. After finishing the art school he left Jaegers to take an unpaid engraving apprenticeship in Lynchburg Virginia, under Master Ken Hurst. The day he left the Hurst Engraving Co, started an odyssey that took him half way around the world, to Italy. When he arrived in Gardone Valtrompia the first week of January of 1982 he immediately found the author of that beautiful book. Signor Abbiatico was not at all impressed with the practice examples of work that Joseph had brought with him. However, the determination that he showed convinced the talented author to take Joseph to the engraving School of Cesare Giovanelli and introduce him to the owner Cesare. Joseph spoke not a word of Italian. Signor Giovanelli arranged for an interpreter and he was interviewed. After discovering that he had hitchhiked and from France to Gardone V.T. and walked all the way up to the school, it became clear that Joseph was determined to learn the art of engraving, at any cost. Giovanelli accepted Joseph into the School even though he was forty two years old at the time and had no funds to pay for his training. He was the first American to study there. At this school Joseph's passion to learn and his art school training help him to progress quickly. At the end of nine months of intense and at times painful training he had completed the entire three year course. While Joseph was in Italy not only he excelled at the craft. He also won the heart of a beautiful and intelligent woman who would become his wife. She provided Joseph with the guidance to make the rest of his life successful. On finishing his schooling they returned to America and he applied for employment with the Winchester Gun Company in New Haven. Conn. Once again Joseph's skills impressed the management of that Company. He was hired as Master Engraver for the Winchester 21 custom shop. This in itself was quite remarkable as he had never engraved a gun during his entire training. The position paid an excellent salary, but a short year after, the artist within prevailed. Joseph realized that he would never reach his desire to be free to create the beautiful works that he could envision. He resigned from his position and returned again to Italy. There he worked under the Master Renato Sanzogni where he continued his studies of gold inlay and the sculpting in steel. When the training was completed he returned once again to America. Eventually settling in Cody Wyoming, where he maintained his studio for the following twenty years. He retired from engraving in 2002 and moved to the Mexican Riviera along the Pacific coast of the state of Guerrero to write his memoirs and pursue another passion, fishing for big game in the Pacific.
His work has been displayed in Guns magazine, The Double Gun Journal, National newspapers, Christie's auction house, Butterfield and Butterfields, Cherry fine gun catalogues, The Winchester Repeater magazine and others. He also received three awards from the Firearms Engravers Guild of America for his works. He has written many articles about engraving. Joseph's tools and examples of his work are now part of a permanent display in the Highly Finished Arms Room housed in the Cody Firearm Museum located in Cody, Wyoming, -Buffalo Bill Historical Center-. He has published a book of his memoirs titled A Gifted Man and two short story books for young adults. Both are written in English and translated into Italian by his wife. At present, Joseph spends his time painting, engraving coins and writing short articles for engraving forums on the internet. His hobbies include, poker, and playing Scrabble and chess with his wife Franca Facchetti. In 2012 he returned to Italy, and has recently opened a small artist studio on Via Litoranea in Ameglia and would welcome your visit.
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