About Beauty From Scratch
Beauty from Scratch is basically me -- Ben Hansen, formerly Thomas Josiah Dimsdale (SASS 3930) when I was a cowboy shooter.
I retired in 2010 as executive editor of Prescott Newspapers Inc. where I spent the past 13 years of nearly 50 years in the newspaper business.
I came to woodcarving and scrimshaw through my love of the old west and cowboy action shooting. I have done my own leather work most of my life, and I made all my own rigs when I got into cowboy shooting. I also admired fancy grips and fancy guns, so I started studying scrimshaw and woodcarving. I use a combination of traditional tools and ultra-high speed tools in doing both.
Since coming to Prescott in 1997, I have been a member of The Prescott Gang, a group of gun craftsmen who each year put together a one-of-a-kind gun-holster-presentation box package which the Happy Trails Foundation raffles off to benefit the youth home that Roy Rogers founded near his ranch in Apple Valley, CA. Since their inception, the packages, which we call The Silver Screen Legends series, have brought in more than $100,000 each and have become the top source of money for the foundation.
Gunstock carving is a longtime tradition in Europe, but it also appeared on elaborate muzzle-loaders and fancy presentation guns in this country. But with the advent of ultra- high-speed carving tools, it is becoming very popular in the U.S. Hunters can have their favorite game animals, images of loved ones or pets - really almost anything - on their rifles along with ornate, European fish-scale or basket-weave checkering. Almost any image you can conceive, you can put into relief on a gunstock or handgun grip.
In 2001, I completed the three-semester firearms engraving program at Yavapai College under Firearms Engraving Guild member Rachel Wells and added that certificate to my skill set.
Each bears my "BRH' signature. I look forward to working with you to make each of your guns a unique work of art that shoots.
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