Echoes of Repetition

Echoes of Repetition

When designing for an engraving, balance and flow are key for a non-repeating, asymmetrical result. However, sometimes putting the pattern on repeat is the most effective strategy. If the section to be engraved is not the star of the show, the use of repeating...
Shielding a Design from Boring

Shielding a Design from Boring

It doesn’t take much to go from va-va to blah when working on a design. One misstep that can leave your design lacking is not breaking up the space in a narrow area. Instead of continuing the scroll across the side of this firearm, Mike wisely chose to break up...
Nothing Meek About These Scrolls!

Nothing Meek About These Scrolls!

Well known for his willingness to share, and his book The Art of Engraving, James “Bruce” Meek hand engraved this firearm for the late Don Glaser. The close up here is a feature of Meek’s scroll work. He designed with intention, covering the area...
Long Lines for the Holidays

Long Lines for the Holidays

Just in time for holiday shopping, artist Mitchell Lurth created a few long lines of his own. This firearm engraving features a different take on background treatment, and everything falls right in line. Lurth has used long diagonal lines to set the highly-detailed...
A Whirlwind Western Romance

A Whirlwind Western Romance

Ah, the dust kicked up from a romantic adventure set in the West — well, the Western style of engraving, that is. Cody Tague of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been working on his hobby of Western style hand engraving for about three years now. His third class, a Flare...
Machine-Like Precision, Made by Hand

Machine-Like Precision, Made by Hand

Not many jewelers can boast about skills like those represented here. This ring gleams with precisely cut angles, appearing as if modern technology could be the only way to attain such accuracy. The artist is Todd Daniels, who teaches at the GRS Training Center and is...
Engraving a 1911 Pistol

Engraving a 1911 Pistol

A select few engravers will have the opportunity in 2013 to join Rex Pedersen to engrave a 1911 pistol from start to finish. This drawing represents the artwork and style presented by Rex for this class. Pedersen has been teaching a Start-to-Finish Firearms Engraving...
Classic Colt Engraving

Classic Colt Engraving

We have added an exciting new class at the GRS Training Center for the 2013 training year, and with this course comes a special guest instructor: Mike Dubber. Well known for his excellent execution and artistry, Dubber is a FEGA Master Engraver and a Colt Master...
The 2013 Learn Plate

The 2013 Learn Plate

For the past several years, GRS has commissioned an artist to create a “Learn” plate to be featured in the upcoming GRS Training Center Calendar & Course Details guide. For the 2013 Calendar, Sam Alfano and Diane Scalese worked together to create this...
From George Sherwood

From George Sherwood

George Sherwood, who passed away over a decade ago, wrote and published a book for firearms engravers: Firearms Engraving Theory and Design. After seeing many years of publication, the book recently went out of print. However, GRS couldn’t let this gem slip...
Dress Up Your Bench

Dress Up Your Bench

With the tendency toward creative and pleasing aesthetics, it is understandable that a hand engraver might want to continue the artwork beyond the canvas. This bench vise and turntable have been transformed from standard tools by artist Mitchell Lurth. He added...
The Metal Magician

The Metal Magician

Chun-chieh Tsai is the “Metal Magician”, an engraving artist who lives and works in Taiwan. His work shows a distinct Asian influence with a kick of international scroll style. He engraved simple shaded scrolls on this scalloped metal design. The...
Engraving a Firearm at The GRSTC

Engraving a Firearm at The GRSTC

Hand engraver Terry Martin of Norman, Oklahoma knows — learning techniques at the GRS Training Center is worth it. Martin has taken several courses at the GRSTC to learn the art of hand engraving and to boost his skills. He engraved this firearm as a project in class...
Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans

As the founding city of Veterans Day, Emporia does much to remember the many Americans who have fought for our freedom over the years. This knife displays imagery with which we associate the pride in our country and those who have served. Professional hand engraver...
Aesthetic Improvements for Fine Instruments

Aesthetic Improvements for Fine Instruments

Brian Powley, a hand engraving artist from Ohio, is starting a new trend for professional flutists: designer crowns. After having engraved lip plates for quite some time, Powley thought the crown would be the perfect place to embellish a flute. “Since I was...
Using Gold Inlay Effectively

Using Gold Inlay Effectively

Hand engraving artist and knifemaker Rick Eaton uses gold in his work quite often. This knife by Rick is a good example of how to use gold in steel for a dramatic effect. His design would still be nice without the gold, but the effect resulting from the contrast of...