Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Basic Metal Engraving for the Woodworker with Mike Dubber

Dates: 5/15/2017 - 5/19/2017
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $775
Materials: $225
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship

The class is designed for the woodworker who wishes to expand his or her skills to include hand engraving. Mike will illustrate how a small amount of hand engraving can enhance metal hardware and add to the artistic appeal of furniture and tools. This class will concentrate on the old world method of hammer and chisel engraving and students will learn how to sharpen several varieties of gravers, to cut straight lines, borders, florals and scrollwork. The week will begin with a discussion of graver geometry and how to sharpen gravers for a variety of artistic effects. Work will then begin with cutting straight lines and borders on a flat brass plate. Students will learn how to layout and hand engrave a classic scroll pattern in the center of the brass plate and then engrave a floral detail on a brass furniture knob. The most challenging skill for hand engravers is the art of engraving letters, and Mike will show the shortcuts for laying out and engraving script lettering using proper spacing and slant with a special concentration on applying bright cuts to achieve a dramatic flair in all letter styles. Students will be encouraged to bring a small to medium size block plane or other woodworking tool of your choice on which you will be guided through the process of laying out and hand engraving the side panels.

Key Points:

  • Sharpening and re-sharpening gravers for metal engraving
  • Executing hand engraving using the hammer and chisel
  • Laying out and hand engraving straight lines, borders and curves
  • Designing and cutting scrolls
  • Laying out and hand engraving letters and inscriptions
  • Applying hand engraving to woodworking tools and cabinet hardware

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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