Hand Engraving

Introductory Hand Engraving

June 4 – 8, 2018

$380 or 3 credit hours

**Note**  In order for this course to meet the requirements for the Gunsmithing Arts Certificate, classes will run longer each day.  Students should report for orientation at 8 a.m. Monday morning.  Dr. Pierson will discuss extended class time at the beginning of the course.

(This course counts toward the Gunsmithing Fine Arts Certificate)

 

Student engraves metalThis course covers basic concepts and skills related to hammer and chisel engraving.  Special emphasis will be placed on tool sharpening, pattern theory, designing, transferring, and cutting patterns.

Dr. Michael J. Pierson has been an academic administrator and taught technical subjects in a university setting for over 35 years.  He has been engraving for 24 years, was trained by Frank Hendricks, and is a member of the Firearms Engraver’s Guild of America.  He is proficient with both the hammer and chisel and pneumatic engraving techniques and a wide variety scroll patterns.

 

 

Required tools and supplies:

  1. Chasing hammer, 1-1/8″ face from NGraver or GRS
  2. Four 3/32” carbalt XD blanks from Lindsay
  3. #7, #12, #20 straight liners in standard width from NGraver or #18-10 and #24-10 straight liners from GRS
  4. Steel ruler, 6 inch
  5. Dividers
  6. Scribe
  7. Ellipse template #20750 from Drafting Steals
  8. Circle template #20724 from Drafting Steals
  9. Stabilio # 8008 pencilfrom Amazon
  10. Curved burnisher from Amazon
  11. Dot punch set, No. 1, 2, 3 from NGraver or beading tool #10, #15, and #22 from GRS
  12. Optivisor, #3 lens from GRS
  13. Talcum powder
  14. Clear packaging tape
  15. Money clip, nickel silver spring tempered from Ngraver
  16. One tube of oil based black etching ink from Faust or Eckersleys
  17. Stainless tool holder for 3/32” graver blanks from Lindsay
  18. Wet/dry silicon carbide sandpaper (220,320, & 400 grit)
  19. Palm push adjustable length graver from Lindsay
  20. 3/16” brass punch from MSC
  21. 3/16” steel punch from MSC
  22. Carbide bur set #004-511 from GRS

 

Contact information for tool and supply sources:

GRS Tools
Ngraver Company

Lindsay Engraving

Rudolph Faust, Inc.

Eckersley’s Arts and Crafts

MSC Industrial Supply

 

OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT:

  1. Engraving tools
  2. Types
  3. Sharpening
  4. Pattern theory
  5. Spiral type
  6. Circular
  7. Elliptical
  8. Spiral characteristics
  9. Corridor type
  10. True corridors
  11. Holding corridor
  12. Relationship to other spirals
  13. Common stem spirals
  14. Overlaid spirals
  15. Spiral measurements
  16. Spiral height
  17. Corridor height
  18. Extension length
  19. Standoff
  20. Number of turns
  21. Angle of departure
  22. Leaf anatomy
  23. Leaf types
  24. Adjacent
  25. Separated
  26. Leaf parts
  27. Sweeps
  28. Buds
  29. Lobes
  30. Leaf measurements
  31. Leaf height
  32. Stem thickness
  33. Sweep height
  34. Bud height
  35. Leaf meter
  36. Leaf width
  37. Leaf separation

III.       Designing patterns

  1. Selecting scroll style
  2. Laying out the pattern
  3. Outline the panel
  4. Establish the panel’s center line
  5. Draw planning circles
  6. Establish point of origination
  7. Establish scroll height, corridor height, and rate of turn
  8. Cutting patterns
  9. Hammer and chisel or chasing method
  10. Borders
  11. Lining
  12. Backgrounds
  13. Flush
  14. Relief
  15. Transfer plates
  16. Transfer techniques