Grand Masters Revisited: Creative Art, 2006

With the Seventh Grand Masters Program coming in 2012, those who have never heard of this amazing program have a chance to review the past years here on Featured Photos.

Creative Art of Italy introduced not one master engraver, but three talented hand engraving artists to the event in 2006. These three gentlemen taught each student the knowledge handed down by generations of like-minded artisans. Through their beautiful Italian bulino shading techniques, these three Italians from the Creative Art firm even passed on such talents to the 2005 Grand Master, Ron Smith.

If you are interested in learning from world-class masters like Creative Art, go to the Grand Masters Program website to read more about the upcoming 2012 courses with Alain Lovenberg and Alexander Sidorov.

Grand Masters Revisited: Philippe Grifnée, 2006

With the Seventh Grand Masters Program coming in 2012, those who have never heard of this amazing program have a chance to review the past years here on Featured Photos.

Philippe Grifnée, who studied under renowned engraver René Delcour, designed this course to share his extraordinary engraving style by executing a project he designed using his techniques. Not only did students get to experience his methods for three-dimensional shading and incorporating gold, they also learned how to adapt various tools for these unique Belgian techniques.

If you are interested in learning from world-class masters like Philippe Grifnée, go to the Grand Masters Program website to read more about the upcoming 2012 courses with Alain Lovenberg and Alexander Sidorov.

Grand Masters Revisited: Winston Churchill, 2005

With the Seventh Grand Masters Program coming in 2012, those who have never heard of this amazing program have a chance to review the past years here on Featured Photos.

With a name like Winston Churchill, an air of wisdom and history surrounds each syllable. Churchill brought his years of hand engraving experience to the 2005 Grand Masters Program in Emporia, Kansas. His hammer and his chisel allowed shapes and designs to appear in the metal so easily. Students in his class had an opportunity like no other — and when he returned in 2007 to share his knowledge again, the classroom brimmed with talented engravers ready to learn.

If you are interested in taking on the exciting opportunity that is the Grand Masters Program, visit the website to read more about the upcoming 2012 courses with Alain Lovenberg and Alexander Sidorov.

Grand Masters Revisited: Ron Smith, 2005

With the Seventh Grand Masters Program coming in 2012, those who have never heard of this amazing program have a chance to review the past years here on Featured Photos.

Ron Smith brought a special quality to the first event in 2005. Using hammer and chisel, Smith taught engravers from many different areas his special techniques. Years of experience allowed a unique classroom experience for each student.

If you are interested in learning from world-class masters like Ron Smith, go to the Grand Masters Program website to read more about the upcoming 2012 courses with Alain Lovenberg and Alexander Sidorov.

A Past Student Flourishes with GRSTC

It is always nice to see a hand engraving artist flourish from the artistic training received at the GRS Training Center.

Chien Cheng Chen of Taiwan attended a class both in 2005 and in 2009 to learn hand engraving. Starting with a Basic Metal Engraving course with Steve Dunn, Chien Cheng later returned to learn Basic Western Engraving with Diane Scalese in 2009. His work is quite beautiful and well done. Thank you for sharing your work with us, Chien Cheng!

See more of this wonderful hand engraving artist’s work on his blog and on Facebook:
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Be sure to call today to enroll for 2012. Seating is limited and classes fill quickly, so contact us today: 800-835-3519. Visit GRSTC.com/schedule to review our upcoming courses in hand engraving, jewelry, and more.

Hand Engraving a William Henry

Jake Newell of Emporia, Kansas, does engraving work for William Henry Studio. Newell’s knives feature luxurious gold and copper inlay mixed with crisp hand-engraved designs.

Here are a few close-up photos of Jake’s work on a William Henry knife. He took photos of the entire process to create a step-by-step tutorial.

After nearly twenty-five hours into this hand engraving, Jake sent his completed artwork in to the William Henry Studio for assembly. What a beautiful piece of hand engraved artwork this knife is! View more of Jake’s work on his website jnewellart.com and come back soon for a look at his new on-the-go studio.

We’re Part of Your Journey

If you haven’t seen the newly released 2012 Course Schedule, it is definitely worth a peek! Classes fill quickly, especially courses like Advanced Stone Setting and Drawing & Designing Scenes, so call 800-835-3519 today for details.

And to top off the release of these worthwhile classes, you can stay organized and actually keep a few of those New Year’s resolutions in 2012 with a FREE calendar! Each month provides a helpful tip toward setting and reaching your creative goals, all while displaying beautiful works of art from our instructors to keep you inspired.

Whether you want to improve your skills as a hobbyist or a professional, there is one part of your journey that will get you there faster — the GRS Training Center in Emporia, Kansas! Visit grstc.com/schedule today and start a new journey in 2012.

Scaling the Heights with Brights

Diane Scalese has three different classes during the upcoming 2012 year of courses at the GRS Training Center, but they won’t last long.

This piece by Diane shows off metal overlay skills similar to what she has taught in the past. In 2012, you can reach new heights in your engraving endeavors with a class like Advanced Bright Cut Engraving with Diane. Don’t wait to enroll — call now to reserve your seat before her popular classes are full.

Find out more about how you can learn to bright cutting methods by calling GRS today at 800-835-3519. Read about Diane’s professional experience and view some of her work on the GRS Training Center website. Visit GRSTC.com to view the 2012 Course Schedule now.

The 2012 Learn Plate: Revealed!

The work of hand engraving artist Mitchell Lurth from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will go out to thousands of GRS Training Center students by way of the cover artwork for the new 2012 GRSTC Course Calendar (call 800-835-3519 or request one online).

Mitchell studies hard to perfect both his drawing skills and his engraving skills. He admires the work of GRS Training Center instructors like Sam Alfano. As an artist at Glendo Corporation’s Artisan Alley, Mitchell also helps the Research & Development Department in many ways. This piece features beautiful copper tones and cold, gray steel. The balance of warm and neutral gray tones perfectly complement the theme for the 2012 Course Calendar.

If you haven’t peeked at the recently released 2012 schedule from GRS, now is the time. Go to the GRSTC.com website to view the schedule. Find the course that is right for you and give us a call at 800-835-3519 to enroll. Hurry — seating is limited!

Draw, Draw, Draw…and Then Draw Some More

In the engraving world, what is more important than the actual engraving itself? The drawing process that results in that engraving is the most important part of the entire engraving.

Without a strong foundation and lots of practice in drawing and designing, any engraver will lack true artistry when it comes to their work. GRS Training Center instructor and professional hand engraving artist Marty Rabeno knows the skills and techniques necessary to go beyond just copying someone’s work.

Students learn how to develop real drawing and designing skills, as well as how to incorporate copyright-free art, in order to produce original works of art. Even students without natural drawing ability can learn!

Find out more about how you can learn to draw and design with Marty Rabeno by calling GRS today at 800-835-3519. Read about Marty’s professional experience and view some of his work on the GRS Training Center website. Visit GRSTC.com on Thursday, December 1, 2011 to view the 2012 Course Schedule.

Stone Setting and Engraving from Taiwan

Two and a half years ago, Kuan Ting Chen of Taiwan discovered GRS Tools. As a stone setter, he now has the capability to add hand engraving to his work.

“It really changed my life,” says Kuan Ting, “And I discovered the beauty of hand engraving.” This is a new work he has done. A lively fish wriggles on the surface of this plate. Kuan Ting has set a sparkling sapphire stone for the creature’s eye. Very nice!

What have you accomplished with tools from GRS? Send it in and you could be featured here! Email your story and photos to featured@grstools.com.

What Jumped over the Moon?

A series of works is an easy and hard way to design. On one hand, you can choose the main element or focus of the series. On the other, you need to make each piece different and still unified throughout the series.

One quick way to do this with engraving is to carve “hobo” style nickels. Although small, the size forces you to limit the design to the size of a nickel, all while taking established surface curves into account. This helps in both creativity and precision.

If you are interested in learning relief techniques like those used here by Bob Finlay, be sure to check the GRS Training Center website for the 2012 Course Schedule on Thursday, December 1, 2011.

Attended a class at the Bob Finlay? We would love to see your latest work! Send us an email to featured@grstools.com with your photos and story, and your work could be featured here.

Sneak Peek: 2012 Learn Plate

With the online release of the 2012 GRSTC Course Schedule just weeks away, the printed calendar will be going out in the mail soon as well.

It’s been a GRSTC tradition over the past few years to feature the word “Learn” on our calendar. Cut by a hand engraving artist, this art is prominently displayed on the cover of our calendar, which is mailed throughout the year to thousands of customers, alumni, and potential students.

This year is a special piece featuring steel and copper. This is just a sneak peek of the work. Be sure to check back on Tuesday, November 29th, to see the full piece and learn more about the engraver, Mitchell Lurth.

Be sure to mark Thursday, December 1st, on your calendar for the release of the 2012 schedule. You can visit the GRSTC website today to learn more about how you can take five-day courses on hand engraving and jewelry techniques: GRS Training Center.

See previous “Learn” plates as featured here: The GRSTC “Learn” Plate

Keeping the English in Line!

English scroll is one of those traditional designs that work on a variety of workpieces. From firearms to jewelry, the English scroll is quite versatile.

This bracelet by machinist and hobbyist engraver David Drake shows off a cool way to use English scroll on a piece of jewelry. He has a solitary line entirely made of English scroll down the center of this stainless steel bracelet. Typically, English scroll is used to visually fill a space and create texture over larger areas, such as on firearms. David’s treatment here creates a nice texture with a single line of scrolls. Very nice, David!

What can you do with English scroll? Send an email to featured@grstools.com with your photos and story, and your work could be featured here.

Custom Jewelry Sets

How can a wedding set be both a comfort and a sight to behold at the same time? When it has custom hand engraving!

This shining set was created by Todd Daniels in conjunction with Whitehouse
Brothers fine jewelry company
. As a jeweler and hand engraving artist,
Daniels puts forth bridal sets like this that have a romantic flair perfect
for a white dress, bells, and lace. Todd’s techniques of hand piercing,
stone setting, and engraving have all been combined to make the details flow
within the composition.

There is certainly nothing plain and simple about this set. If you would like to learn how to incorporate hand engraving with your stone setting skills, be sure to check out the December 1 release of next year’s training schedule. Todd’s classes are the perfect way to add that something special to your work.

Read more about Todd Daniels on the GRS Training Center website and see what courses he teaches as GRSTC.

New Courses Are Coming! New Courses Are Coming!

Is it really almost 2012? Whether the world is going to end or we’ve still got a few generations left to go, there is at least one exciting thing to look forward to: a new training schedule!

The 2012 GRSTC Course Schedule will be released on Thursday, December 1, 2011, on the GRS Training Center website (grstc.com/schedule). Our most popular courses, like Start-to-Finish Firearms Engraving with Rex Pedersen, tend to fill quickly, so do not wait to enroll. Our phone lines will be open Thursday morning to answer questions and get you enrolled.

But wait — there’s more! We have some exciting new courses for 2012, but you will have to wait until we release the new 2012 Course Schedule. So mark December 1 for your calendars and start planning your future today.

Attended a class at the GRS Training Center? We would love to see your latest work! Send us an email to featured@grstools.com with your photos and story, and your work could be featured here.