08/14 – 08/25 • open
Explore meticulous ornamental designs and inspiring Belgian techniques with Alain Lovenberg. This famous style of sculpting and low relief engraving is highly sought after for luxury guns, knives, high-end jewelry, and die making.
Alain will demonstrate how to make tools, prepare metal, and execute these highly specialized methods. He will illustrate how he carves outlines with hammer and chisel, as well as with flat and round gravers, using power-assisted tools. Carvings will be completed with rifflers and specialized punches. Since many of these tools are not readily available for purchase, Lovenberg will demonstrate how to make and use them for this technique.
Alain will show step by step how to use the Belgian technique of relevour to prepare for gold inlay or overlay. Each attendee will receive individual attention and guidance to achieve the best possible result on the final project. Alain will also lead discussions on design theory and composition.
A floor plate, able to fit a Winchester Model 70, will be the final project. The unique design and execution techniques shown in this course will be used by each person to create sculpted, low relief scrollwork, with the option add gold accents. All gold required for the course is provided with course fees and will be applied to the final project, which is the property of the student.
- Preparing the surface material
- Overview of tools used for techniques
- Demonstration of tool creation for use
- Carving and sculpting methods for low relief
- Illustrated use of various lines and cuts
- Applying techniques to final project
- Individual evaluation of progress
- Personalized technical advice
- Hammer and chisel techniques, as well as air-assist
- Discussion on ornamental design and composition
You DO NOT need to be of master level to apply; just have proficient skills and a strong desire to learn from the best.
Please note: Course information subject to change without notice. Example images may not show exact techniques, methods, designs, etc., taught or demonstrated in course.
What is the Grand Masters Program?
Few opportunities in life provide true lasting inspiration and maximize creativity.
Grand Masters Alain Lovenberg and Alexandre Sidorov will share the industries’ most sought-after techniques with two chosen groups of artists.
Those accepted into this program will expand their techniques while collaborating with two world-renowned Masters.
The program spans 10 workshop days, with a weekend of collaboration and relaxation for attendees and guests.
Why You Should Apply
Bringing together two Grand Masters and 24 serious artists will create an ideal environment for inspiration, collaboration, and betterment of the arts. This is a true investment in your craft; participation in the Grand Masters workshop will impact the level of skill and technique for each attendee. You DO NOT need to be of master level to apply, just have proficient skills and a strong desire to learn from the best. All submissions are confidential.
The Approval Process
After the closing for receipt of applications, all candidates’ photos will be reviewed to remove any names or other identifying marks. Each application portfolio will then be assigned a number known only to GRS management.
Photos will be sent to Alain and Alexandre, who will select twelve attendees based entirely on the work shown in the photos. Three alternates will also be selected to cover possible cancellations. Applications are kept confidential to ensure selections are unbiased.
How to Apply
If you are an experienced engraver or jeweler and are interested in this exciting event, submit a completed application. Application forms will be available January 1, 2017, or you may request to receive one by calling GRS. Applications will be accepted January 1, 2017, through March 31, 2017. Please apply promptly — applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
Applications will be available January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017.