Behind the scenes with Wanamaker engraver
Sunday, August 14, 2011
When the final putt dropped, Gail Hedgepath’s job was just beginning.
Since 1987 - but only in the past three years onsite - Hedgepath has engraved the winner's name on the Wanamaker Trophy.
“I'm English-trained,” Hedgepath said of her training in Williamsburg, Va. “So all of my tools are the same as an engraver from the 17th (and) 18th century.”
Translation? She uses rose thorns from a rose bush to draw the name in mutton talon and then adds magnesium powder to create a mixture almost like flower and grease.
That allows Hedgepath to draw the name or if a mistake is made to wipe off the powder and start again, before she uses the engraving tool.
“I'll use a steel scribe and I'll lightly go over what I just did and then I'll be able to cut it from this,” Hedgepath said of the process. “I’ll then take my tools and cut it. It's a three- or four-step process.”
In the end, she added the name Keegan Bradley.
If only we had known that on Thursday, when Bradley was a 125-1 longshot.