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Gravers are some of the most useful and versatile tools a metalsmith can o
wn. Whether you're engraving jewelry or a knife handle, mon
ogramming initials or setting a stone, learn how
to use gravers in this beginner's course tau
ght by one of only a handful Master Engravers in the United States, Les Bryant, Le Graveur de Vol.
Students will become familiar with the three most common gravers, learn the secrets to shaping and sharpening them, practice cutting straight and curved lines, practice border techniques and background textures, and learn the basics of using a bright cutter to further embellish their work. Students will learn the difference between hand and hammer engraving, as well as experiment with a hammer hand-piece powered by a flex shaft. All the techniques, including stone setting (bead and flush), will be practiced on copper plates held in a beginner's ball vise* supplied by NC BLACK Co. A complete tool kit is provided for each student's use during the workshop.
No purchase is necessary to participate, but tools will be available for purchase after class if students would like to continue to practice what they've learned. For stone setting exercises, brass ring blanks and CZs are available for purchase. Students may bring their own faceted gemstones if they are round cut and 2.5mm to 3mm in size. A copper bracelet blank will can be purchased for an engraving exercise that will result in a finished piece.
*A "ball vise" is essential for small scale engraving work, but can be an expensive investment (upwards of $280) for the novice engraver. In fact, this cost has certainly prohibited beginners from exploring the art of engraving. In order to preserve this art form, NC BLACK Co has invented an affordable version of the ball vise to be used in their workshops, making it a cost effective option that will open the door to beginners. Purchase of NC BLACK Co.'s affordable ball vise is not necessary to take Les Bryant's engraving class, but due to repeated requests from students, the ball vise has been made available for purchase to students after the workshop.
All tools are provided for this workshop.
• 18 gauge copper sheet, cut into 15 squares, approx. 2" x 2"
• Opti-visor magnification necessary
Les Bryant: Education: Master engraver 16
years: self-taught; Weyerts School of Engraving, Alpine, TX: Engraving Certification 2/11-2/15, 2008; Creative School of Metalworks School of Design, Kensington, MD: David Huang Angle Raiding & Chasing Techniques 8/14-8/16, 2009;Fluid Forms in Metal Studio, Lexington, NC: Betty Helen Longhi Shell Forming techniques Workshop 8/29 - 8/31, 2009 Work: NC BLACK Co., Blue Ridge Mountains, NC: Owner/Operator 2009 - Present; Le Graveur de Vol, Blue Ridge Mountains, NC: Owner/Operator 2005 - present Teaching: Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts, Winston-Salem, NC: Metals faculty 2009 - present; Chestnut Creek School of the arts Galax, VA: Metals Faculty 2010
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced