Basic & Intermediate Metal Engraving: Using the GRS Air Grinder with Michael Dubber October 17 - 21, 2022
about this workshop
The class is designed for the woodworker who wishes to expand his or her skills to include hand engraving. Individual workstations will be equipped with a full complement of air powered engraving tools, an engraver’s vise, and graver sharpening hones.
Basic Students – Mike will illustrate how a small amount of hand engraving can enhance metal hardware and add to the artistic appeal of furniture and tools. 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. Pattern transfers will be used to assist with layout and design. Basic students will learn how to layout and hand engrave classic scroll patterns on brass plates.
Intermediate Students – Those who have had previous Marc Adams Engraving Classes will be encouraged to bring a small to medium sized block plane or other woodworking tool of their choice and will be guided through the process of hand engraving the side panels and base plate with air powered gravers.
The most challenging skill for hand engravers is the art of engraving letters, and Mike will show the basic of laying out and engraving script and block lettering using proper spacing and slant with a special concentration on applying bright cuts to achieve a dramatic flair in all letter styles.
$895 tuition + $100 materials
*Sharpening and resharpening gravers for metal engraving
*Executing hand engraving using air powered gravers
*Transferring printed patterns to metal surfaces
*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
Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.