Videos | GRS Item #024-545
Beginner’s Course in Modern Hand Engraving DVD

Make your time count with this engraving class on DVD that contains many of the techniques and exercises Sam has taught in group and private classes for decades. Over two hours of instruction designed to cut the learning curve and get you up and running quickly. Sam starts with the basics, showing his workbench along with a description of tools, how they’re setup, and how to use them. You will learn to setup and adjust a stereo microscope, tune a GRS machine, and know how to keep your work centered under your microscope for fast and efficient use. He uses the versatile EasyGraver 120 graver for all of the engraving on this video. Sam teaches you to easily shape and sharpen one from a blank, to keep it sharp, and how to use it to add sparkle and character to work. High magnification macro photos show you what to look for to identify dull and broken gravers. Learn how to properly hold a handpiece to cut simple lines and curves, and then onto complex and fun designs. Practice designs are included that you can transfer to your practice plate and follow along as Sam walks you through each exercise and explain exactly what he's doing.

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  • English transcript .pdf included for translation
  • Includes practice designs

The video includes the following:

  • Tool setup
  • Microscope setup
  • Graver sharpening
  • Holding the handpiece
  • Cutting straight lines
  • Transferring printed designs
  • Cutting curved lines
  • Engraving basic leaves
  • Beveling cuts
  • Running wheat border
  • Laurel leaf border
  • Engraving scrollwork
  • Stippling backgrounds
  • Stippled Roman lettering w/brightcut
  • Engraving rosettes
  • Engraving realistic and ornamental skulls


0.1180 lbs


  • DVD
  • 2 hours, 17 minutes
  • With Sam Alfano


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