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This laser engraving on a wine barrel looks more like it was branded by a hot iron.  This “hot iron branding” technique gives the laser engraved object a deep rich look with less crisp edges, ideal for this type of application. 

Living in wine country, we are so lucky, it’s so beautiful being surrounded by vineyards here in the Okanagan. This local industry provides us with my aspects to engrave on, from their company name tags, desk plates, wine glasses, decanters, cork screw openers, sampler boards, and signage.  We are very fortunate to have such great customers. 

These engraved cutting boards were awards for some of the winners of the Broken Goat Trail Race Series. These are great practical awards or gift ideas. I posted a cutting board with a recipe that had been passed down by a family member, that was engraved on it, this was one of my most favorite engraved gifts I have ever seen.  Something truly from the heart. Engraving a daily ordinary object makes it into something memorable, something worth doing.

We sell and customized already purchased promotional products. Have an event or just want to get your name out their promotional products can be a great way to do it.  Some of the more popular items are drinkware, stationery, magnets, and technology items. For more ideas click here. If you would like to purchase Jay-Line products please contact us. 

Signage is used for so many things, from directing someone to a place that can provided aid in a time of need, like the first aid sign displayed on the left or something as simple as a restroom sign.  Signs are very important. Badge Maker’s & Kelowna Engravers manufacture thousands of custom signage, offering custom colours, size, materials and frames. To view just a few examples of our work, click here.

It’s amazing all the different things that can be engraved. Something as simple as engraving a hockey puck can make a great gift, promotional item, a thank you to a coach, to mark a milestone or achievement, like a first goal. This hockey puck was laser engraved on our Epilogue engraver. This machine can make markings on leather, wood and plastics. Our rotatory machine deals more with engraving on metals. These two machines are just some of the machines we use in our shop. Check out our product page for a wide variety of the products we sell.  

Here at Kelowna Engravers we have been laser engraving glass for many years. I’ve always liked the feel of a glass trophies but getting consistent and uniform results is not always possible. When the glass surface heats up it blasts away and breaks off depending on the density of the glass, because of this you get different results. The Glass Trophies shown to the left have a laserable back coating that gives the trophies a consistent and outstanding finish.  

These glasses were engraved for a wedding but because they are beer mug they remind me of Oktoberfest and since it’s October, these beautifully engraved glass mugs are on display on our website.  You can personalize your glassware for weddings, gifts, company events, marketing or just for yourself. It’s a nice classic way to have a special date or company remembered. If you have any questions about engraving, please feel free to contact us at

Living in the Okanagan we are always hearing about our housing market and with thought in mind I though I would talk about some of our wood name badges we have been making for Wilden, one of the nature inspired Kelowna real estate housing developments.  These wood name tags are very popular not only because they are light weight and durable but they also provide a natural and rustic feel. For more examples of wood badges click here.

A couple of months ago I went for a walk up to Hardy Falls and came across some stainless steel signage done by Kelowna Engravers about 8 years ago, it was nice to see how well it was standing up to the elements. Our stainless steel plaques and signage are a great choice for durability and outdoor use. To see more stainless steel click here