About Us - The Process


All of our stone engravings are handcrafted using a sandblaster powered by air for deep carvings with detail and precision. Each engraving takes many steps to transform a natural rock into a work of art.

Before the actual engraving work begins.  We select the right stone and work on the designs and layout for each custom job. This includes deciding on or including specified font type and size, design, and layout of the elements on the stone.

Next, a stencil is prepared and attached to the rock before the engraving process begins. The design and preparation phase is done with computer drawing software. Finally, we use the sandblasting technique to deeply engrave the desired message or image into the stone; cleaning the stone and, if requested, painting inside of the engraving to complete the project. This old-fashioned approach makes every single piece truly one-of-a-kind.


Rotary engraving is the process of using a spinning cutter in a motor-powered spindle to cut or “rout” into material, either completely through the substrate to create cut out shapes or holes, or at a predetermined depth to create engraved grooves that form characters and graphics. Diamond engraving, aka “diamond drag” engraving, is a variation of rotary engraving in that you can use the same machine but you use a diamond-tipped, non-rotating cutter called a “graver” to make a mark on various materials by scribing lines or grooves into the surface.
This method is primarily used for engraving metal.

Rotary Engraving Applications
One of rotary engraving’s best traits is that it can be used to engrave a wide range of materials, including a variety of plastics, acrylic, glass, ceramic, wood, stone and solid surface material. Rotary engraving systems utilizing a diamond drag engraver can also engrave on just about any type of machinable bare metal, including aluminum, brass, stainless steel (machinable grades), silver, gold, titanium and platinum. This means you can use rotary engraving to personalize just about any metal item. If it’s uncoated metal, you can engrave it. If it’s coated, you can engrave it. Diamond drag engraving will work on precious metals, semi-precious metals, stainless steel, brass, pewter—you name it!

With the Glowforge 3D Laser Printer I can put a piece of material like leather, wood, or acrylic in the machine and it carves out the product using a laser light. The technical name is a CNC laser cutter engraver.  I can make an endless variety of useful, beautiful, and practical things from a bunch of different materials, the possibilities are endless!

Laurie Knight working with rotary engraver

Meet the Artist

Laurie Knight

Owner Master Engraver at Designer Engravings

My ultimate goal is to create memories to last a life time for all my customers. Coming from the corporate world of marketing, my dream and biggest achievement was to be able to work independently as a business owner while creating one of a kind personalized engravings.

I started Designer Engravings back in 2006 with a sandblasting set up that enabled me to engrave on all types of stones such as memorial stones stepping stones, pet memorial stones, brick fundraisers in which I have worked with schools, churches, nursing homes, VFW's, towns and municipalities, retail stores and garden centers across Massachusetts and Connecticut.

In 2017, I added a rotary engraving machine to the business to be able to engrave metal, parts marking, electrical engraving applications, gift & jewelry engraving and plastic engraving solutions for many types of plastic materials.

In 2020 I have added a Glowforge 3D Laser Printer for making all engraving possibilities endless! I now have the ability to bring you the most detailed engravings available.

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