Basic Western Engraving


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Metal Engraving

Skill Level



Diane Scalese, Jeremiah Watt


04/23–04/27, 10/01–10/05

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Course Information


Western style engraving, though seemingly straightforward, can be difficult without the right help. This GRS course focuses on the process of creating the scrolls, flowers, and leaves that form the timeless style of Western engraving. The essential techniques used in trophy belt buckles, saddle and tack trim, bits and spurs, and Western jewelry are covered. This course is also excellent for any jeweler who would like to add bright cutting to their custom creations, as the same techniques are used to embellish rings and other fine jewelry.


  • Correct setup of GRS equipment
  • Operation of common classroom tools
  • Tool sharpening, theory, and geometry
  • Tool shaping and bench grinder operation
  • Surface preparation for engraving or stone setting
  • Artwork layout and design principles
  • Design transfer techniques
  • Line cutting techniques
  • Proper use of workholding fixtures and devices
  • Business practices and pricing work (varies by instructor)
  • Executing wriggle cuts and bright cuts
  • Engraving flowers and leaves
  • Engraving scrolls and borders
  • Fundamentals of tool sharpening
  • Planning for curved surfaces
  • Shading techniques


No prerequisites.

Please note: Course information subject to change without notice. Example images may not show exact techniques, methods, designs, etc., taught or demonstrated in course.