Metal Engraving
Basic Metal Engraving

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Course Info

Sam Alfano, Steve Dunn, Rick Eaton, Jake Newell,
Jeff Parke, Rex Pedersen,
Layne Zuelke
2020 Date(s)
05/04–05/08, 05/18–05/22, 06/08–06/12, 06/22–06/26,
07/06–07/10, 07/27–07/31,
08/24–08/28, 09/14–09/18,
Metal Engraving
Skill Level
Enrollment Type


Learn basic Western hand engraving skills quickly in a friendly and organized surrounding. Using GRS equipment, students study and execute the scrolls, flowers, and leaves that form the timeless style of Western engraving. The essential techniques used in trophy belt buckles, saddle and tack trim, bits and spurs, and Western jewelry are covered. This course is also excellent for any jeweler who would like to add bright cutting to their custom creations, as the same techniques are used to embellish rings and other fine jewelry.


  • Correct setup of GRS equipment
  • Operation of common classroom tools
  • Tool sharpening, theory, and geometry
  • Tool shaping and bench grinder operation
  • Surface preparation for engraving or stone setting
  • Artwork layout and design principles
  • Design transfer techniques
  • Line cutting techniques
  • Proper use of workholding fixtures and devices
  • Business practices and pricing work (varies by instructor)
  • Engraving scrolls, borders, letters, and numbers
  • Shading techniques and background treatment
  • Basics of metal inlay
  • Fundamentals of tool sharpening

Class Project(s)



No prerequisites.



Please note: Course information subject to change without notice. Example images may not show exact techniques, methods, designs, etc., taught or demonstrated in course.

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