Sunday, July 31, 2011

Introduction to Engraving Steel - Classes coming in August and October 2011!

We teach a wide variety of classes in traditional craft at The Farmers' Museum.  I am particularly proud to offer a new class on engraving steel using traditional hand tools.  The instructor is Paul Spaulding, Master Blacksmith and the engraver of our Scottish Pistol Project.  He will guide students through the theory and methods of engraving steel.  Each class will have a maximum of 6 students.  All will have a full set of tools provided to practice engraving.

The Introduction to Engraving Steel with Hand Tools is a two day class.  The cost is $150 for a two day class with group and individual tutorials.  It is offered August 6th and 7th, as well as October 8th and 9th.  The August class has openings.  For more information or to enroll call The Farmers' Museum at 607-547-1461. 

Students will learn tips on how to design and lay out projects, and the basic methods of using a hand engraver and hammer to engrave steel.  Attention will also be spent on how to choose the type of engraving chisel for the work as well as how to sharpen, hold, and use the engravers. 

You are not likely to have mastered engraving by the end of the course but will have a firm foundation to begin practicing on your own.  If you have an urge to try your hand at engraving steel using simple traditional tools this may be the place to start!
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