Carv­ing out a Valen­tine

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

A MONTO cou­ple’s new en­grav­ing busi­ness can pro­vide you with the per­fect gift this Valen­tine’s Day.

Des Bownds and He­len O’Neil started up the busi­ness as an ex­ten­sion of Des’ wood en­grav­ing hobby.

“It’s a sort of a bit of both worlds,” Des said.

“I can still do wood­work­ing with it.”

Des and He­len leased a laser en­grav­ing ma­chine in De­cem­ber and are ready to take or­ders with a 10% dis­count across the board.

This Valen­tines Day, with peo­ple look­ing to find gifts for their loved ones, a per­son­alised glass, piece of jew­ellery or item of cloth­ing could be just the thing.

“We do keyrings, photo frames, cups, glasses, wood, acrylic, all sorts of stuff,” He­len said.

“The neck­lace is a good one; it can say ‘Be My Valen­tine,’ or some­thing per­son­alised.”

“We can also en­grave photos to put pic­tures of your loved ones on things.”

The laser en­grav­ing ma­chine, a Speedy100 Trotec, works like a gi­ant laser printer.

In a demon­stra­tion of the ma­chine’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties, a small plas­tic neck­lace was fit­ted into a bracket in the ma­chine, with small lasers trac­ing pat­terns into the sur­face.

Once the ma­chine was done, the neck­lace was still clear un­til He­len put some black paint on it, bring­ing out the en­grav­ing.

The newly en­graved neck­lace said ‘I Love You To the Stars and Be­yond’, and was also pat­terned with stars and hearts.

“The type of plas­tic that neck­lace is, it just en­graves into it and you can hardly see it un­til you bring it out with the paint,” Des said.

Des op­er­ates the laser, which feeds in de­signs via com­puter, while He­len takes care of or­ders and gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“It takes a bit of knowl­edge to use,” he said.

“It doesn’t take long, but putting photos on is a bit more tech­ni­cal.”

The ma­chine can even en­grave cloth; the busi­ness la­bel on He­len’s shirt was put on us­ing the ma­chine.

Des lived in Monto most of his life, while He­len lived in Ca­bool­ture un­til 15 years ago.

Ac­cord­ing to He­len, Des vis­ited Ca­bool­ture and they just “clicked”.

With the new busi­ness start­ing up, they’re look­ing to put their new en­graver to use.

Though they’ll be cel­e­brat­ing Valen­tines Day to­gether, they’ll be avail­able on the day to take or­ders for Valen­tines Day en­grav­ings.

“Just give your loved ones some­thing en­graved to re­mem­ber that will last for­ever,” He­len said.

Phone He­len to en­grave your spe­cial some­thing for your spe­cial some­one. Call to­day 0417 333 156

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

EN­GRAV­ING LOVE: He­len O'Neil and Des Bownds can make you a per­ma­nent gift for your loved one on Valen­tine’s Day.

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