When this semester began and I learned that I had to work on a "learning project," I was doubtful. I figured it would be a drain on my time and that I would hate it. I was wrong. I enjoyed learning about engraving and I'd love to learn more about it. There are three day … Continue reading Learning Project Summary
So I have been practising, I promise. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and so I dislike sharing my seriously flawed practice pieces to date. I will, eventually. Since I have been using my gravers, they need to be sharpened. The first set of tools I bought were unshaped and I had a difficult time … Continue reading Sharpening a Graver
Gravers? Check. Practice blanks? Check. Rotating vise? Check. Sharpening stone? Check. It looks like I'm ready to begin engraving! In my first learning project post, I mentioned a forum post for beginners (I believe I described it as "gold") and the post author mentioned making straight cuts in a practice plate to learn tool control. … Continue reading Getting Started!
I found a great source today. I was browsing the engraving forum when I stumbled upon a post of Techniques and Resources that are an inexpensive way to give it a try. One of those links (I haven't checked all of them out yet!) was a book on Google Books about drawing acanthus leaves (what … Continue reading News Flash and Google Books
As of today, my tools still haven't arrived and so I can't post about my first encounter with a push graver or the difficulties of tool control. I decided to look at what I've learned so far and how learning online has affected it. Online learning has its own difficulties, its own pros and cons … Continue reading Online Learning (So Far)