Thank you for your kind words! I feel so clumsy doing it still, of course. Yeah I’m using a microscope. I have really fallen in love with a microscope to help me as a beginner understand what’s happening the end of my tools.
It took me a little bit of time to get the sharpening geometry to a base level of functionality. Before that I was pushing really hard. Now I’m not pushing hard and I have more control.
The biggest tips that I learned for engraving letters is to break down the letters into a series of individual parts. For instance with a B. Engrave the straight line. Then engrave one curve. Then engrave the other curve. The other tip is to consider engraving the letters upside down or sideways so your mind sees them as shapes that are not connected to handwriting.
You’re doing great Brennan! Practice, Practice, Practice. Keep it up!
I really admire this kind of work. It looks like you are getting a “handle” on it if I may interject a rare pun. If I could work small like this I’d be making an attempt at least. The temptation to acquire more tools is always there however.
I bought my first hand engraver from Steve along with a set of unsharpend gravers and a sharpening system. Once I kind of figured it out, I bought an air graver. Steve’s tools are works of art and I am happy to own them…Rob