John Dowell

John Dowell, Purdey engraver for 13 years

John studied Art and English at college and subsequently planned to continue with Art at Central St Martins. John’s uncle, James McDonald, is a finisher for Purdey and when John was browsing a Purdey catalogue at his uncle’s house, he was mesmerised by the intricate engraving on the guns and decided to try his hand at engraving instead. He was apprenticed under Paul Chung for five years and is now one of two in-house engravers at Purdey, working closely with each customer to create entirely bespoke designs.