EngravingMasterSeries.com has a set of dvds?... ?produced by
European taught master engraver Heinar Tamme who condensed his 50+
years of professional engraving experience into these
I have a copy of Heinar’s original VHS tapes, that I purchased from
him some years ago, and they are great. Heinar teaches using the old
world tradition which he learned.H e was a multi-talented individual
who did engraving and art here in Port Townsend, WA, for many years.
He engraved my wedding band (deep relief on the order of Tom
Herman’s work) in the early 1980’s but he did not get the press that
so many jeweler’s do now.
He engraved a ring for Pope John Paul, and for Kennedy’s, as well as
many other influential people, and was well known in a circle
of?very famous people. If you want the “old world” training to
become a master engraver, get Heinar’s teaching videos. They are not
fast paced, and are not for entertainment (though I watch them over
and over). They are very thorough and precise, something that is
necessary in engraving, and gives you the flavor of what it must
have been like to work as an apprentice in an old-world jewelry
Heinar escaped from Nazi-held Estonia, his home land, to Sweden
where he became an apprentice engraver. After years of work and
study, he developed a following of influential people who
appreciated his work. He eventually?opened a jewelry shop here in
Townsend, where I felt very lucky to have had him design rings for
me, and even more, I then was able to learn engraving techniques from
I feel very fortunate to have known Heinar and, besides cherishing
my rings that he made, I also feel fortunate to have some "samples"
that he was going to send to the refiner when he retired. They are
Please note that I have no interest in the DVD’s that are being sold
now, and do not know the person selling them. Also, I have not seen
this incarnation of Heirnar’s original tapes.
Kitti deLong, Jewelry Appraiser and want-to-be goldsmith On the
Olympic Peninsula in Washington State where spring has evaded us so