Weldon is a third-generation artist/craftsman using the simplest of tools, a hammer & chisel, to engrave the most intricate and beautiful details in steel, gold, silver and bronze.

In 1979 at age 17 he began apprenticeship training under the watchful eye of his father, Master engraver W.E. “Bill” Lister who apprenticed under his uncle, Austin Lee Lister in the late 1940’s. 

Though he is well versed in all the traditional firearm engraving styles, Weldon’s favorite can best be described as a blend of Gustave Young, Cuno Helfricht and L.D. Nimschke.

In addition to engraving firearms, knives, custom-made belt buckles, jewelry and musical instruments, Weldon is an accomplished (though not overly prolific) knife maker, preferring to make lock-blade, folding knives.  Using the “stock removal” method of knife making, Weldon’s knives are not only a functional tool, but serve as a custom “palette” upon which to display his art. 

Never one to rest on his laurels, in 2006 Weldon had the honor of attending the Grand Master’s program held at GRS/Glendo in Emporia, Kansas.  Weldon spent a week studying with Phillipe Griffnee of Belgium who was assisted by Master engraver, Sam Alfano.  2007 saw Weldon selected to participate in his second Grand Master’s program, this time studying with the incomparable Winston Churchill. 

His clientele established primarily by word-of-mouth over the last four decades, Weldon’s work is in some of the finest collections the world over.  His desire is to engrave for those with the sophistication to appreciate the art of engraving as performed by him. 

In September 2008 Weldon is proud to announce that he has been selected to participate in the Texas Commission on the Arts’ (TCA) Texas Original program, a marketing program intended to increase awareness of Texas’ craft arts legacy.  Only artisans who meet the highest business, quality and artistic standards are granted the title of Texas Original. to find out more you can visit www.txoroginal.com