This photo was taken on September 19, 2022 at 11:55 AM.
The location was at my home in my home office in Beltsville, Maryland.
The "Take It!" was the preparation for making a gift to my neighbor who had invited me to his home for the 4th of July for a BBQ and celebration with his family. They are from Haiti and great people. He delights in entertaining and had a full grill going with hot dogs, steak, hamburgers, and roast corn. His hands seemed to be constantly in motion - moving items to where they best be placed for proper cooking. His tool for turning and moving things was a set of tongs. I decided to get him a new set of tongs to express my appreciation for his hospitality.
I typed up what I would liked to have placed on the stainless steel tongs - and took them to an engraver I have used for many years. The engraver informed me - that he would have to use a special diamond tipped device to make the engraving since it was hard steel that was to be inscribed. The size of the print had to be larger - thus the text had to be trimmed.
We settled on: Master Griller - Paul Ruteau. I think this tool will last him for many years.
The engraver had not done this before and thought it was a very good idea.
Here is hoping this pass along might work for one of you and become a useful and maybe a treasured gift.
All my best,