Fanfare

Fanfare

A seemingly innocuous object rests before you, drab and dull. Suddenly the object springs to life, unfurling into a blaze of color in repeated forms. The transformation is stunning and leaves you speechless. This key fob, engraved by L Todd Blaksley, easily evokes the...
Architectural Inspiration

Architectural Inspiration

It’s been a little over a year since we shared Ben Bentvelzen’s stunning GRS 901 Handpiece, which featured inlay, set stones,and hand engraving. Today we have the pleasure of sharing some amazing new work created by this engraver from the Netherlands. In...
The Buzz Around the Bench: Part 2

The Buzz Around the Bench: Part 2

Last Tuesday, we shared a glimpse of a mystery project created by Mitchell Lurth during 2013, while he was working in Glendo’s Artisan Alley. This week, we reveal the form of his creation — a handmade, hand-engraved bee! Mitchell’s mechanical insect...
A Personal First

A Personal First

Do you remember milestones in your engraving and stone setting journey? Can you look back at a piece and say, “that was the first time I did gold inlay” or “that was the first time I used bulino shading”? These are just a few examples, but most...
The Buzz Around the Bench: Part 1

The Buzz Around the Bench: Part 1

Mitchell Lurth had the opportunity to do some really cool projects during the time he spent in Glendo’s Artisan Alley. He went beyond practice pieces, engraving everything including (but not limited to!) tech, guitars, vises, and motorcycle parts. Mitchell now...
Other Applications

Other Applications

It can be a bit daunting moving from basic skills into more complex engravings. A little creativity in using the skills you have already learned can go a long way towards completing a more complicated design. These knife scales, hand engraved by GRSTC instructor Jake...
A Tiger for Infinity

A Tiger for Infinity

What do tigers and infinity have in common? They aren’t generally paired together, but for this Infinity handgun, a tiger is the perfect embellishment. Steve Dunn engraved this firearm with a variety of elements, including scrolls, chevrons, flowers, diamonds,...
Do You Love Spurs?

Do You Love Spurs?

Do you love spurs? If you do, this particular pair returns the sentiment with its unique heart-shaped rowel box. Bob and Diane Scalese are a boot embellishing team. Whether you want form, function, or just to add a little jingle to your step, they’ve made and...
The 2016 Learn Project: A Hand Engraved Compass

The 2016 Learn Project: A Hand Engraved Compass

The 2016 GRS Training Center course schedule was released this morning and enrollment has begun for next year’s classes! Appropriately enough, today we’ll reveal the 2016 Learn Project as well. This year’s project — a brass compass hand engraved by...
Relief for the Holiday Season

Relief for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is officially upon us, with Thanksgiving barely over and Christmas and New Year’s Day coming up fast. What better way to celebrate the winter holidays than with engraving? This relief engraving, created by Bob Finlay, sets a scene deep in the...
Practicing Scales

Practicing Scales

You’ve worked many painstaking hours on your design, drawing, erasing, and redrawing until every detail is in place. After all the work you’ve put in, you realize you want to try it out on metal before taking your design to the finished piece. Richard...
The New Wave

The New Wave

The wave rolls forward, a smooth curve of blue and green accented by a frothy bit of sparkle along the front edge. A flash of warm color reflects through the water as it spreads thin over the sand and then recedes as quickly as it came. This ring, created by Ron Finch...
Fishing, Engraving, and Teaching

Fishing, Engraving, and Teaching

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” But we’re talking about engraving here, so perhaps a slight amendment is in order. “Give a man an...
A Buckle and a Bouquet of Blossoms

A Buckle and a Bouquet of Blossoms

If you’ve been around E.L. “Sandy” Popovich in the last year and a half, you may have noticed a consistency across many of his pieces. Looking through his work, it quickly becomes evident that he really enjoys engraving roses. Sandy’s...
Making Beautiful Art with Beautiful Tools

Making Beautiful Art with Beautiful Tools

The heavy door is tugged open, just enough to allow access to the furnace of molten glass within. A wave of heat rolls out of the gap and a warm glow lights the space. An artisan steps forward and inserts a metal rod into the furnace, rotating it to gather material....
A Tale of Textures

A Tale of Textures

Visual texture is a good way to separate elements within your engraved designs. But which textures will achieve the effect you want? Sometimes the best way to see what works is to try out a few options. This monogram was cut by professional hand engraver and jeweler...