Just a little about Etch N Time and how we got started. My name is Kris Shultz and I love being creative! It was my love of art and woodworking that led me to engraving. I had seen an ad for an Epilog laser and thought hey, that is a great way to incorporate my two talents! So, I bought a machine and got down to business. Many sleepless nights spent in my shop researching and trying tons of different techniques was just the beginning of what I thought was a great hobby and a way to earn a little extra money. This quickly morphed into a full time business in 2015!
Since then we continue to grow and to offer new and exciting items. Our most popular item is our awesome handwritten recipe cutting boards. To recap, we can create a keepsake, in the persons own handwriting, for you to pass on to future generations. This idea has spurred so much attention that at this point, I have made handwritten recipe cutting boards for people in other countries! It’s been exciting to sit back and look at a Facebook woodworking page, and see that they shared an item that I created.
I’ve learned so much about engraving but another thing I’ve learned is that I absolutely love to make things that make people smile and cry happy tears. The best feeling in life is to know that I made something that brought someone a smile and created something they can treasure forever. I didn’t just find a hobby, I found a passion.
I have even met Edgar Hansen from the Deadliest Catch on the Discovery channel. A couple from Smicksburg won the truck Chevron was giving away and Edgar presented it to them. All of this happened at The Brick House Bed & Breakfast in Oak Ridge PA. I made Edgar a sign with his ship and one of his sayings on it and I also made one for him to sign which he graciously did. Edgar was such an awesome person to meet, just one of the great memories I have made through etching.
Life is made of memories and some of the best are made by Etch N Time.
Laser engraving/etching uses a specialized laser to vaporize a small layer of surface material. We can engrave wood, granite, marble, glass, metal, mirrors, and more. Our CO2 laser by itself will not mark bare metal without the use of a product called Cermark which then thermally fuses into the metal to create the permanent marking. Anodized and painted metals can be marked by removing the coating, revealing the bare metal below. We’ve done everything from engraving Christmas ornaments to creating custom on-of-a-kind items!
Laser cutting uses a laser to slice completely through materials. This technique is often used for creating detailed & complex items such as wine boxes and ornaments. With our laser we can cup up to ¼” of material (most commonly wood). Our CO2 laser cannot cut metal.
If you have an idea, let us know and we will do our best to turn it into reality. The sky’s the limit when it comes to etching. There are several ways to get your artwork, text, picture, or any kind of media transferred to wood, metal, leather, or other types of material we work with. Contact us to discuss your project.
How to Set Up Your Artwork
- Vector-based artwork such as Bitmaps, AI (Adobe Illustrator), EPS (Encapsulated post script), SVG, (scalable vector graphics) or PDF files work best. We also work with high resolution images (JPG) 300 DPT or higher.
- Please keep in mind the higher the resolution the better. Cell phone images are very low resolution (usually 72 DPI or lower) and produce poor results. With that being said, not every picture is suitable for engraving. If you have an image you are considering having engraved, please contact us.
- Laser ready files CDR (Corel Draw) we currently use version X7.
- Our in-house laser bed is 24”x12”. Please make sure your artwork and finished product expectation falls within this size.
- We can assist you in setting up your files to be laser-ready.
Materials We Work With
We can work with just about any kind of material. If you have an idea and don’t see it listed please contact us and we will do the research to see if it can be done. We commonly work with wood, glass, stainless steel, anodized aluminum and granite. If you aren’t sure what material you would like to use, contact is to set up an appointment to see samples. We are more than happy to assist you with finding the right materials for your job.