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I am starting a thread to remember my late father's artistic craftsmanship.

It's been a little over 2 years since Domingos Joaquim (D.J.) has past. He worked as a Factory Engraver in the late 70's into the 80's for Smith where I believe he did his best works. He also worked for Colt and Ruger for a brief time before traveling to the gun shows up and down the east coast. Maybe you have seen him engraving behind the big wooden eagle with the magical spinning vise?

I will be posting different pictures of art work he has done through is life, including engraved guns.

Please feel free to add any pictures or comments of your own and help me remember him and add to his grand daughter photo albums. She is a spitting image of him with the same talents, creativity and just as a kicker, born on the same day also.

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First off the Belt buckle he designed and engraved for Smith & Wessonhttp://smith-wessonforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=170481&d=
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Beautiful work for sure. I'd love to see larger, more detailed photos.

I like the discreet placement of D. J.'s initials in Photo 2B.
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In 1902 Smith & Wesson did 12 advertising prints. To find a complete set of the 12 is rare. A fellow SWCA member asked DJ to paint them for him. 4 paintings were done by Remington in black and white. When DJ did them. he did them in color. I have the 12 1902 oil paintings DJ did for that member. I have them up for sale.
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My Uncle was a polisher from the end of WWII till his passing in 1984 I sure they must have known each other.

I enjoyed seeing your photos so far and I hope members here have some of his work to post also.

Your Dad was a very talented artist and this is a great place to pay a tribute to him.

Thank you for posting.
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I'm sorry for your loss.

That is very nice work your father did, thanks for sharing.

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Thank you for the support everyone.

Sorry about the pictures. I am trying to figure out how to post them larger and multiple ones in a post.

JJEH - thank you for posting them larger

Gun club fan - I remember those 12 paintings. The Last Cartridge was my favorite one out of them all. After that painting he ended up doing a bronze of it also.
They casted 20 of them in 1981. I would love to get my hands on one. You wouldn't believe how many times I helped him pick pieces of it up off the ground after he dropped it when it was still in wax form. Ugh .... I know of 2 of them. The one in the photo is #12 and Roy Jinks has #13. Neither of them are for sale.

Revoman - I am sure he would have known him. Before he started in the custom engraving department, I believe my father worked in maintenance? After his messing dramatic departure from S&W he did not like to talk about that company at all. My father had a love hate relationship with Smith & Wesson, but deep inside his heart will always be with that company.
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His first and real passion was custom hand built motorcycles and trikes. Not like these American chopper catalog ordered stuff we see on TV now a days. He once started a chopper shop in the 60's way before this TV craze hit He told me, "I missed the bus on that one, Damon." I would reply, "yeah by decades Dad" But he was right. He did miss it
This trike was known as the "skull". He built it from swap meet and junkyard finds, and an old V.W. Bug rear end and motor, chicken wire, and fiberglass (which a young boy lost his plastic pool on a hot summer, for mixing purposes )
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This one was built before the skull. Late 60's early 70's I would say. Called the shingle shack. It had a Black and White TV in it!!! It was between the seats and behind the cushion with the medallion on it. Look at cars today. He truly saw things differently than anyone I will ever know. I will look for a photo that shows it.
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After I had come to know DJ for a while, I wanted something that he engraved. At the time, I was a police officer and on my salary, an engraved revolver was out of the question. We were both attending the Big E Gunshow in West Springfield. I asked DJ what else he engraved. He showed me a silver quarter he had flattened and made into an oval shape. on the front it had the Smith & Wesson logo. I asked that he put my initals on the reverse. This is what i got back. As you can see it is number 3 on the back. I don't know how many he made.
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Wow. That trike is such a striking example of the customs of the mid-sixties to mid-seventies. Just seeing the photograph of it brings back memories of a time when custom cars and motorcycles were really taking off...a time when builders were letting their imaginations run free, and using whatever materials were at hand. The sky was the limit.

Remember those old TV shows, The Munsters and The Addams Family? The Skull trike would have been a great addition to either of those shows.

Love the photo. Thanks for posting it.
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This one was built before the skull. Late 60's early 70's I would say. Called the shingle shack.
Another "wow". Love the old springer front end and the big key for a fender ornament. And when's the last time you saw a front drum brake on anything?

Do you remember if your dad built the frame, itself? That's a long frame.

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Watchdog - yes he built the frame. I don't remember exactly how it was built I was way too young. Back than he had no money to do anything. So if he had a idea, he had to figure it out himself and figure how to get it done himself. This was the biggest struggle for him and my mother. I believe it held him back from reaching his full potential throughout his life along with other problems he had.
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I actually remember that trike. If I recall it was around for a long time.
I might have even stopped you dad with it. It was a long time ago.
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He has a nice obituary online:
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My father (D.J.) and my mother (Marilyn) on the earliest picture of a trike he built.
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A classic picture of the 60's bike culture. The shingle shack ,my mother, and a leather dress that my father made for her.
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A picture of the tank he made for his chopper with side car. Another classic 60's bike culture
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And last one for tonight. The skull and a trike he built for his best friend parked in a grave yard

The perfect example of a biker's Halloween!!!
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That's the buckel I'm using.
Mine the Eagle is gold and background silver/platinum
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Sorry I have been busy with my work, daughters and holidays. I am back with more pictures and info

weatherby- This is the mold of the original and from this the first blank was casted from for the American Tradition belt buckle.

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Damon:

There is also a picture of one of the Last Cartridge bronze on John K. Pease's website. He credits your Father for a lot of his early training. I am fortunate to have a Model 60 your father custom engraved while at S&W.

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Incredible talent! What a great thread this is!!! Thank you sir for posting all this.

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Great work from what seems like a great man, i would have liked to meet him. Theo
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My absolute dream as far as S&W collecting goes would be to own a S&W revolver engraved by your dad. Some of the guns I've seen Doc44 post pictures of that were done by your father are as good as they get in my opinion.
His work was more unique than any other factory engraver I've seen.
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If my memory serves me correctly it was your dad that engraved a Casull for me at the Freedom Arms booth at the NRA convention in Florida (1980'S). Told him to do whatever came to mind. When I got back to the booth later in the day it was finished. My wife wanted to know why I had a nude engraved on the barrel! My explanation was accepted with a not so pleasant look. Unfortunately a former friend talked me out of it. His reasoning for coming to Freedoms booth and doing the engraving for me was the hope Freedom would commission him for future work.
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On the American tradition buckle, has any body ever noticed the small man on the bank of the river pointing at the eagle? Or the canoe in the river below in the river? There is also many face in both mountain sides. I forget how many there is?

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I knew a retired S&W employee that had the artwork for that buckle
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During the time your father engraved at S&W I visited the shop several times, met him and always admired his craftsmanship and talent. I too, was a working cop and engraved guns were never going to be possible for me. However, I have always admired skilled and talented artisans, regardless of their medium, be it engraving guns or building custom "scooters". I always admired your dad's work and still do. Thanks for sharing your photo's and memories.
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On the American tradition buckle, has any body ever noticed the small man on the bank of the river pointing at the eagle? Or the canoe in the river below in the river? There is also many face in both mountain sides. I forget how many there is?
It took me a minute or so to find him, but I see the small man pointing at the eagle! And the animal head (a horse?) as the top of the mountain on the left. I'd like to be able to look at one of those buckles with a 10X loupe.

I'm always awestruck by that level of craftsmanship. My question is always how does someone do stuff like that? Where does that skill, artistic talent, and dexterity come from?
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