GRSTC Instructors

Each GRSTC instructor is a dedicated professional committed to passing on the art of hand engraving and stone setting to a new generation. They want you to learn hand engraving skills, set stones, and be an all around better artist in your field — all while having fun and taking on a new challenge. Meet our instructors and get ready to have an awesome 5-day learning experience.

Bill Oyster

Bill Oyster

Bill began his artistic career by starting his own business crafting traditional split bamboo fly rods. As this business progressed, Bill saw the need to raise the aesthetic value of his work and attended GRS in 2006 to learn the art of hand engraving....
Blaine Lewis

Blaine Lewis

Having apprenticed under a master stone setter, Blaine Lewis spent a decade refining his bench skills with an upscale 100-year-old AGS firm. Because so many top jewelers helped Lewis throughout the years, he knows the importance of sharing his knowledge....
Bob Finlay

Bob Finlay

A true embodiment of the American dream, Bob Finlay grew up in rural Kansas. He put himself through Pre-Engineering and Machine Design in college by working as a meat cutter.
Diane Scalese

Diane Scalese

Diane has been building and engraving bits, spurs, trophy belt buckles, saddle silver, and jewelry for over 30 years. Scalese has previously held the title of Engraver of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.
Jake Newell

Jake Newell

Jake Newell has long had a passion for art. Growing up in Emporia, Kansas, provided ample opportunity to pursue this passion. Newell sought and received an Art Education degree through Emporia State University, where he discovered university-based hand...
Jeff Parke

Jeff Parke

Jeff Parke has a lifetime passion for art in its many forms. Drawing, writing, and music consumed his time and devotion while growing up, but his attention shifted when he began working as a bench jeweler at his brother’s store.
Jeremiah Watt

Jeremiah Watt

A native of Ontario, Canada, Jeremiah Watt developed a love early on for the horses, the gear, and the artistry involved with the saddlemaking trade. After learning saddlemaking in 1976 at a school in Amarillo, Texas, Watt and his wife started their own...
Rex Pedersen

Rex Pedersen

Rex is a third-generation gunsmith who began engraving in 1978. He joined the early effort to form the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) and is a charter member who has held a number of FEGA offices, including president.
Rick Eaton

Rick Eaton

Since 1993, Rick has been engraving and making knives full time. He learned the skills to create quality mosaic Damascus steel from Shane Taylor, Steve Schwarzer, and Rick Dunkerly in 1998. His knifemaking work includes high-quality art folders, daggers,...
Ron Finch

Ron Finch

Ron Finch is the proud owner of Finch Jewelers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His family-owned store specializes in custom designed and handcrafted jewelry. A graduate of Bowman's Technical School, he has been in the jewelry industry for 45 years.
Sam Alfano

Sam Alfano

This talented artist began engraving in the 1970s. He was hired in 1982 by Stanley Diefenthal of New Orleans Arms Company to engrave his personal gun. During this time, the great Lynton McKenzie shared his skills with Alfano.
Steve Dunn

Steve Dunn

Steve began making knives as a hobby in 1988. In 1990, he enrolled in a basic forging class at the American Bladesmith Society School in Washington, Arkansas. Steve progressed quickly to Master Smith level. In 2002, he decided to add engraving to his...
Todd Daniels

Todd Daniels

Todd has an impressive combination of formal training and professional background in diamond setting, custom jewelry design, fine metal engraving, and art. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Intaglio Printmaking and Jewelry...

Assistant Instructors

Sandy Popovich

Amy Raymond

Nevada Watt