Hand engraving on metal with Wayne Parrott

Ref: SWE09203

Suitable for all


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About this course

Explore the specialist field of hand engraving and work on your own project. Using a range of tools practise various decorative techniques, including monograms, scrollwork, heraldic devices, piercing and carving to realise your design.

Course Description

Learn and develop skills in the traditional craft of engraving on metal.

For beginners the aims of this course are to develop a sound basic understanding of the tools, techniques and materials used in hand engraving, on which to progressively build skills and knowledge. For improvers the objective is to develop your skills under the guidance of an experienced tutor to hone those areas which need improving and to add new skills to your repertoire.

Materials and techniques covered include the preparation and manufacture of tools of the craft, marking-out and transferring techniques. You learn to layout and cut lettering and monograms, how to texture by cutting and by punches and about scrollwork, ornamental engraving, heraldic devices, piercing and carving. Also covered are methods of erasure and finishing techniques.

The course includes talks with illustrations, demonstrations and individual tuition, group discussion and review and individually tailored projects.


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

  • Any gravers you may have
  • Apron
  • Enclosed toe footwear

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • 4/0 Piercing saw blades
  • 6mm Square silver steel, 2mm Round silver steel
  • 2mm Clutch pencils
  • Square gravers No 5, Short mushroom handles for gravers
  • Flat scorpers No 18, Round scorpers No 10
  • Clear acetate, Light blue acetate
  • 4/0 emery polishing paper
  • Fine India Oilstone (152mm x 5mm x 25mm)
  • Bright mild steel strip metal (100mm length, 3mm thick x 50mm wide)
  • Metal sheet - copper and mild steel strip
  • Available from tutor:
  • On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials. The charge for this should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course.


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

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