[Workshop] Introduction to Engraving Techniques

Hello All!

The Fall 2006 Class and Workshop brochure and schedule is now on our

I am pleased to announce that long time Orchid supporter and
contributor, Brian Marshall will be teaching a 3 day, Intro to
Engraving at Metalwerx. When Brian and I were on the phone, we
discussed how we could best fit his vast skill set to our students
interested in learning engraving techniques in only 3 days. Brian
felt that learning basic texturing and hand work was the way to go.

As this will be a small and personable class, it’s going to fast. We
have only 6 spaces available, so register quickly if you want to sign


Karen Christians
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
Ph. 781/891-3854 Fax 3857
Jewelry/Metalarts School & Cooperative Studio

For those of you who don’t already know, my name is Brian Marshall.
This will be the first time I’ll be teaching hand engraving on the
East Coast. I have been hand engraving for more years than I care to
remember… 30+? and I’ve been teaching it for 8 years.

Some of you have met me, most of you have at least read my posts
regarding hand engraving over the years - but if you haven’t and you
are at all interested in hand engraving, have a look in the Orchid

Here’s a quick description of the workshop: (Sept. 15th, 16th.

This will be an introduction to hand-engraving on soft metals,
covering terminology, shaping and sharpening geometry, modern alloys
used in the gravers, methods for sharpening, and the layout and
transfer of ornamental designs. While the emphasis will be on
achieving various textures with gravers - ALL of the basic cuts used
in lettering, monograms, scrolls, and scenery will be demonstrated
for you.

After each demonstration, you will execute the same basic cuts for
yourself on practice plates. These plates will then serve as your
reference for the sequences you’ll need in order to repeat the
results in your own studio.

This workshop will use hand pushed gravers mounted in handles. There
will be a tools & materials package which you may purchase ready made
at Metalwerx.

This package will also include printed notes, diagrams, suppliers,
reference book list, periodicals, associations, and Internet
forums/sites. The exact contents of the kit should be posted on the
Metalwerx website within a dayor so.

The last two hours of the last day will be devoted to demonstrating
3 amazing advances made in the hand-engraving field during the past
18 months. You’ll learn about a new patented graver grind that you
can license for yourself, an extremely simple transfer method, and
you’ll be able to “test drive” the newest power-assisted hand
engraving tools.

You may also choose to assemble your own kit based on the tool list
and take your own notes during the workshop.

Please bring any gravers and tools you already have, work or
practice you have done to date, examples of work you’d like to be
able to texture or engrave, and images of work similar to what you’d
like to be able to do in the future.

Go to Metalwerx.com to register. If you have course content or tool
questions, you can contact me directly.

Hope to see you there!

Brian P. Marshall