Homemade Engraving Ball

Hi Matthew,

Thank you very much for the picture and instructions regarding your
home made “Engraving Ball”. It’s great! I’m going to give it a try.
I don’t know how, but I plan to try to insert some lead in to the
ball to make it heavier, and see how it works. Will let you know.

If you are interested, I can also send you some pictures of, what we
call "engravers mandrel, which is also made out of wood and you can
also make at home. I’ve been working with it for over 20 years, and
it’s great.

Best regards,


Please send me some pictures,


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1319 W. Alabama
Houston, Texas 77006

I once saw the ultimate in Low-tech engraving balls. This was a
Russian engraver, from Siberia. He had a board mounted on a bench,
with a V-shaped cut-out, about a 90 degree angle. He used a Hockey
Puck, pressed into the V-slot. To hold the work in place (a flat
plate), he used small box nails driven along the sides of the metal
so that the heads held the work in place. Just rotate the Hockey puck
in the V-slot.

Now, a hockey puck may be hard to find in a place like Costa Rica,
but I’ll bet that where ever you find winter snow, you can find one
easily. This may sound crude, but I tried it, and it worked

Quite an amazing tool, eh?

Douglas Zaruba
33 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301 695-1107

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