Hand engraving and carving on metal with Angus McFadyen


Ref: SLW10904

Suitable for all

Join waiting list

Course full - scroll down for other

About this course

Learn how to engrave and carve metal in low relief using the simplest hand engraving tools. Working on sample pieces, gain the confidence to experiment and progress to inlaying metal.

Course Description

Using the simplest hand engraving tools learn to engrave, carve and possibly inlay metal in low relief.

For beginners the aim of the course is to learn from scratch how to engrave/carve metal.  For those with some experience the aim is to build on existing skills and, with a bit of guidance, improve areas where necessary as well as learning new skills including inlaying.

The techniques covered will include setting up a new tool, transferring and marking out a design and holding your work.  Then by working through a series of samples and test pieces you will learn how to work at a level at which you can continue on your own, and make something to be proud of.

The course will include discussions and demonstrations with samples and illustrations, individual teaching and the chance to work on anything particular you might have in mind.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

No real preparation is needed unless you have something specific in mind to make, in which case it is worth bringing preparatory drawings or images from which to work.
Any gravers you may have.
Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals or flip flops or high heels)
Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long.

Available to buy

Available from shop:
4/0 Piercing saw blades
Soft pencil
Square gravers 2.5mm
Flat scorper No 16
Round edge scorper No 6
Short mushroom handles for gravers
Masking tape
Metal sheet – copper or silver 0.8 mm thick, 50mm square


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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

Courses of interest

Sign-up to be the first to know

Sign up to our Short Course enews to hear about new courses, late availability and get creative inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.