iGraver.com's tips & tricks are a collection of my ideas as well as those of fellow engravers and students. If you're a collector or someone who has an interest in the art of hand engraving, the information on this site will give you a better understanding of how the work is accomplished. If you're interested in learning to engrave, the time is right. It is no longer the dying art as you often hear. We are in the Golden Age of hand engraving, and the finest work the world has ever known is being done today. Join the ranks and be part of this engraving Renaissance.
Please remember that engraver's techniques are in a constant state of evolution. Keep your mind open to fresh ideas and new ways of doing things, and you will undoubtedly improve many of the techniques on these pages.
Equipment: I use GRS equipment for all of my engraving, and have done so since I purchased my first used Gravermax in 1989. I've also been teaching hand engraving classes for GRS since 1998, and know first-hand how fast my students learn using their products. In many of the Tips & Tricks I refer to GRS tools. I use them and believe in them. While I come from the ranks of "old school" hammer & chisel engravers, GRS tools have enabled me to work faster and produce better work than I ever dreamed possible. The important thing, however, is not whether you push a graver by hand, drive it with a hammer, or use a GraverMach. The end result is what counts, and not how the chips get on the floor.
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