A short introduction to engraving on metal with Angus McFadyen


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About this course

An introduction to the heritage craft of hand engraving on copper sheet. You will learn how to transfer a small design from paper and then how to use engraving tools to carve the metal.

Course Description

For beginners the aim of the course is to learn from scratch how to engrave/carve metal. The course will give you a very basic introduction to engraving. You will learn how to set up a tool, how to transfer a design from paper to metal and make the first cuts. You will have some time to practise and then with your own tools continue to practise at your own pace.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College and tutor will supply all of the materials including:
  • copper sheet and use of the engraving tools.

What students need to bring

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • An apron
  • Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (not sandals).
  • Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Anything you will need
  • Available from tutor:
  • Gravers if you would like to carry on engraving after this course


Angus McFadyen

Angus is a silversmith and engraver. He has work in the Goldsmiths' company collection and the V&A. He is currently chair of the Hand Engravers Association and a member of Contemporary British Silversmiths.

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