But sometimes easier is equivalent. I'm not being at all critical
of the work, just talking shop.
I hear you Mark.
Problem is, the scale of the engraving in his watches is very small
and immensely labor intensive.
So, if one spends say 100 hours on an engraving, there is no way
that you would take even a small chance the there is a hidden bit of
porosity or flaw in your metal.
And carving and casting a wax on such a small scale does not
actually save any time, nor is it much easier.
And there is always a chance of a miss cast.
Carving directly into good metal stock one is certain that the
result will be determined by your skills and your skills alone. The
danger of bad metal is removed. I am just finishing up a piece this
weekend which has taken about 230 hours of work, and even though my
skills are no where near Mr. Engelbaart's, I fabricated straight into
metal for the same reason.
I love casting, and it definitely has it's place, but.at his level
of work there to many uncertainties with the process.