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Engraving Eggshell Art

Nellie Whitener is doing some great artwork engraving on Eggshells.

She recently sent us an e-mail containing pictures of some of her latest projects.

Here is the e-mail she sent in, we thought others might enjoy it.


I have had a Paragrave since the late 80′s. My husband was interested in it and purchased it at a Small Business Expo in Charlotte, NC.

After we received it, he never did much with it, but always doing some form of art work, it just naturally became mine. I had previously had my own Leather Shop where I did custom leather carved items for commissioned pieces as well as doing for the public.

I remained in this business for over 10 years until I had to have Carpal Tunnel surgery on both hands from all the use with the leather tools. After that I developed Arthritis in my hands and it made it difficult to use the leather tools. I did work with the Paragrave for several years doing custom glassware, metal engraving, and egg carvings until I was diagnosed with Leukemia 7 years ago, and I was working a full time job at the time and my husband had passed away 2 months before my cancer was found.

My company closed down in March of this year, and I haven’t had to do any treatments since last November, so I really got in the mood to get back in my shop and get going with my engraving. At the present time I am doing some commission work on emu eggs doing portraits, and have just completed an Ostrich egg. I am attaching some pictures for you to look at.

Egg Art PortraitI have been away from this for 7 years, so I am just getting back into enjoying all that this high speed tool can accomplish, it’s awesome, and Dr. Lew has always been an inspiration. I actually had the privilege to meet him and Tammy several years ago when they came to Durham North Carolina for a seminar.

Best wishes, keep up the great work out there,  Nellie Whitener.


Keep up the good work Nellie, the eggshell look great!
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    4 Responses to Engraving Eggshell Art

    1. Sally Wardle September 23, 2009 at 7:18 am #

      Nellie, Your work is terrific!! I admire your gumption to keep going and to keep improving your crafts. You have some wonderful talents. Thanks for sharing with us.
      I am interested to know what program you use to make stencils from photos.
      Wishing you continued success.

      Sally Wardle
      sundaesmom@yahoo.com

    2. Joyce September 25, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

      I finally opened up the website – great job – keep up the great work

    3. Joyce September 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

      Nellie I forgot to tell you are awesome :)

    4. Ben Durham May 23, 2010 at 7:16 am #

      I hope one day to just be able to do half as good as you. Thanks for sharing.