"Unfortunately its getting smaller and smaller and smaller, we’re just down to one street now."
Now of course you’re seeing machines taking over now and we haven’t got the people who can do it by hand.
I met Philip as part of my research for Production Show at Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Having worked in the gun trade for most his life, Philip has seen Birmingham’s trade steadily drop in the last few decades and he remains as one of the UK’s very last gun engravers. He keeps copies of his previously engraving patterns alongside many books with various historical patterns, all ensuring that if the gun needs any attention in the future all engravings can be re-cut to match the originals.
For my work with Eastside Projects I’m testing out new ways of mapping within Birmingham. Working with Philip I set out to try and show the remaining workshops for the gun trades left in Birmingham. Each wooden block represents a workshop and each pin on the block is engraved with that persons favourite tool.