Inspired by Damascus

Damascus steel creates a unique look, but it’s too expensive and labor intensive for some pieces. And, many metals can’t be worked like the steels used in traditional Damascus. Here’s an alternative that engravers may consider by creating a similar...

Clean Design with Boldness and Balance

Eberhard Mach is a jeweler, stone setter, and jewelry arts teacher in Muenster, Germany. His style is a subtle combination of traditional elements complemented by innovative features. This ring is based on a relatively wide and heavy white band. The channel-set...

Engraved Microblock: Riding into the West

Many experienced engravers, including Lee Griffiths and Bob Finlay, agree that metal sculpting takes quite a bit of time. However, it is worth it – this method of engraving is greatly admired by collectors and engravers. Here is the fourth installment of the Engraved...

A System & Standard for Monograms

What do the letters A, B, C, E, G, H, and S have in common? When it comes to designing a monogram, these are the easiest letters to bring together for most people. The other 19 letters give many engravers and designers trouble when creating a beautiful monogram. The...

Ornamental Chasing & Repoussé

As more and more people learn skills such as engraving and stone setting, beautiful artwork is being created and shared daily. Such passionate artists are stretching into new worlds of creativity, many of which are based on old world traditions and methods. For...

Practicing Scrolls

Whether on a piece of paper or a sheet of metal, practicing layout and design skills is important at any level. Creating flowing scrolls, leaves, and vines can lead to developing a new style that is unique. Take this piece for example. Although seemingly random, this...

How One Engraver Adds New Style

Jeff Minor, a versatile craftsman from Salmon, Idaho, has been engraving for eleven years. He started to engrave almost as a business necessity to complement his leather work. Since then, he has been purposely improving and broadening his skills so that he can branch...

Invest in Yourself and Grow

Since she first learned about engraving, Dorothy Funk has taken several courses at the GRS Training Center working toward her personal goal of becoming a more advanced engraver. She’s taken a Basic Western Engraving course with Diane Scalese, and recently the...

Art Appears in Many Forms

Engravers, wood carvers, and stone setters are drawn to creative handwork, perhaps more than other artists. And, they are constantly seeking different opportunities to make something beautiful. What began as an ordinary egg shell has been transformed into a wonderful,...

An Engraved Legacy of Love

Artistic endeavors like this engraved pendant can give a renewed sense of peace during a tough time in life. Earlier in 2007, ESU student Ashton Ludden learned that her boyfriend’s father, Mike Dishman, was diagnosed with severe throat cancer and only a short...

An Engraving-Inspired Decoration for Fall

Most of the time you’ll find a nice scroll pattern engraved on the side of a shotgun or carved on a wood gunstock. However, this November the office of Glendo / GRS had a unique piece of artwork decorating the front lobby: an “engraved” pumpkin!...
The Meek Squirrel by James B. Meek

The Meek Squirrel by James B. Meek

James “Bruce” Meek, author of The Art of Engraving (#002-164), was working on his second book The Engraver and His Designs when he passed away many years ago. Bruce had already made several engraved illustrations for this second book in the same manner he used for his...

The Opportunity to Learn

Learning is exciting, especially as you discover new techniques and improve your skill with every cut. This bracelet features the word “Learn” created by a wonderful combination of engraving and stone setting. It’s a beautiful example of how...

Engraved Microblock: Progression from Layout to Sculpting

Here is the next step in Bob Finlay’s impressive Engraved Microblock. In July and September 2007, we showed the two early stages of the block. The stage in September described how to lay out a scene – this step shows the finished result of that process. Using...

The Beginning of Life

“The Beginning of Life” is a magnificent art jewelry piece crafted by Alexandre Sidorov, an acclaimed stone setter and instructor in Antwerp, Belgium. This striking designer pendant exhibits advanced jewelry techniques executed flawlessly. It is truly a...

Teaming Up for Grand Masters

Much like the attendees of the 2006 Grand Masters course with Creative Art, these 2007 GMP students benefit from a team of instructors. This week the students get a double shot of engraving knowledge from two well-known engravers from across the Atlantic. Ken Hunt, a...