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Learn to engrave


i want to learn how to hand engrave,it is beautiful, even though i’m
old, i wish i could do an apprenticeship, or take intense lessons
from someone, live in jersey near manhattan,dp


there are a couple of ways to learng hand engraving. ia am kind of
in the same boat, i have been doing all lot of research and here it

#1 New Approach jewelry school in virgina has a hand
engraving class.

#2 GRS teaches hand engraving and sells videos, and the
Gravermax a must if your going to hand engrave.

3 Engraving Master Series i just purchased a
video from this guy it was very helpful

4 the Lindsay School also has great information

if you find others email me.



For Engraving, There is also Brian Marshall in Stockton, Cal.
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Brian is very well qualified and experienced. check his site out.



Alan Revere teaches a hand engraving class at the Revere Academy in
San Francisco.

Michael David Sturlin


The list of classes and videos that you have provided is a great
starting place for getting the basic about hand
engraving. Classes are always a good investment for the beginner
because there is someone to guide you in issues of posture, tool
angles and technique that will always be among the pitfalls of
learning this skill. Trying to sort this stuff out by yourself when
you begin to learn has caused many good intentions to go astray.
It’s simply very hard to figure out what is going wrong and why,
unless you are so driven and so methodical that you are willing to
keep making small modifications to tools and technique in an
organized and scientific manner until you achieve results.
(Read-practice, systematically organized.)

the  Gravermax is a must if your going to hand engrave. 

I have to disagree with you there. I learned how to engrave using
push gravers by hand before the Gravermeister (the original power
assist) came on the market. There is a tremendous learning curve.
I have owned a Gravermax for the last 10 years, and today I wouldn’t
be without it. Let me say, however, that there are advantages and
disadvantages to learning with it. First, it is a pricey
investment, along with an air compressor and hand piece. You
already need to get an engraving ball vise and gravers, so there is
seed money needed upfront, before you even think about the
Gravermax. If you take a class first to see if you like engraving,
and the Gravermax is provided for your use, that’s great, but you
don’t really need one to start out.

Second, the Gravermax provides the push, and you provide the
control. The reason it seems to cut down on the learning curve is
because you are tackling one aspect of engraving (controlling the
graver) while the machine is controlling the other most important
aspect–pushing through the metal. If you cut by hand, you develop
a “feel” for how the graver is moving through the metal, and each
metal has a feel that is unique. You can tell if you are cutting
too deeply, or about to loose control (i.e. slip), by how the graver
is feeling in your hand. The gravermax will power right through
that, and can hinder your technique. The gravermax has lots of
other uses, and for setting, texturing, etc., I highly recommend it,
but be aware of what it is (and isn’t) doing.

The only way to really be a good engraver is to practice, practice,
practice. I have looked into the engraving master series tapes,
although I haven’t jumped in yet, there does seem to be positive
feedback out there about them. The book, The Art of Engraving, by
James Meek, and The Jewelry Engravers Manual, by R. Allen Hardy,
are also tremendous resources. The reason there are so few engravers
out there is because it takes dedication (or some other form of
compulsive disorder) and many hours of practice to become really
proficient on the variety of metals and projects that will come your

I don’t want to discourage anyone from learning how to engrave. I
want to see new people learning this most ancient of art forms, and
keeping the knowledge alive. I would definitely recommend taking a
class first. Add Brian Marshall’s Jewelry Arts School, in
California to your list of possible instructors. It isn’t an easy
skill to master, but you can do it with dedication.

Melissa Veres, Engraver


Somewhere back in the archives I posted a lengthy piece on learning
to engrave… various resources, websites, and some sharpening

Hand Engraving - The Costs of Learning it

Engraving on my own

If you’d like further info - like book lists, videos, suppliers, and
perhaps some more advanced shaping and sharpening instructions -
email me off the forum.

Several articles have also been published recently in FEGA’s “The
Engraver”, The Engraver’s Journal, and AJM.

Keep in mind that the tools used for ornamental engraving are
different from those used in lettering, stone setting, and ring
engraving… I teach all 4. There are even differences between the
ornamental engravers - platinum ring engravers use different tools
than “Western” engravers, and arms engravers use a harder alloy
tool, and steeper geometry than any of the rest…

Brian P. Marshall
Stockton Jewelry Arts School
Stockton, CA USA