Engraving with Hratch Nargizian - 4 days

Thursday, November 11, 2021; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Friday, November 12, 2021; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, November 13, 2021; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, November 14, 2021; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person

Cost: $875

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

Learn how to engrave metals by hand with master engraver Hratch Nargizian. Hratch will teach the fundamentals of engraving and share tips and tricks from over 50 years of engraving experience.

Hand Engraving is one of the oldest techniques used to carve an image into metal. This is accomplished with the use of gravers made of steal with a wooden handle. Participants will learn how to prepare and use some of the more popular gravers on copper, brass and silver. The workshop explores the basic cuts that are the foundation of most ornamental, pictorial, and letter engraving.


Why take this course?
Engraving is a beautiful technique for creating linear and sculptural designs in metal. As a jeweler, there are many occasions during fabrication and stone setting that a graver is the best tool for the job: to remove excess metal, clean up hard to reach areas, improve settings, and lots more. You can find resources to learn engraving on your own, which can take a long time, as you figure it out by  trial and error. Or you can save yourself a lot of time and learn from an experienced engraver, like Hratch, who will critique your work and show you how to engrave correctly.


Techniques taught:
• Learn about different kinds of gravers
• How to prepare gravers, including grinding and sharpening, for optimal carving
• How to make your own work holder for engraving
• How to use an engraving ball
• Basic cuts and vocabulary for ornamental, pictorial and letter engraving


Kit of materials, and use of tools included. Your kit includes metal, gravers and more.



The minimum requirement is basic metalsmithing skills, like successful completion of Basic Jewelry 1 or Basic Jewelry 1 & 2. Skills needed include sawing, filing, sanding, polishing with power tools like the flex shaft, and soldering. However, students who have had 2 or more fabrication classes may find learning how to engrave less challenging.



Hratch Nargizian (Guest)

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.