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From Basic Class to Belt Buckle
work by Scott Ward

Friday, April 29th, 2016 Published in: 2016 Archives

The basic courses at the GRS Training Center offer a solid set of skills to start your engraving journey, but after returning home, you have to apply and practice those skills to keep improving.

Scott Ward took a basic metal engraving course last fall and returned this spring to try his hand at Western engraving. When he returned, he brought a piece with him that he engraved during the time since his first course.

This belt buckle features a large amount of scrollwork surrounding a hunting dog out in the field. Scott used a GraverSmith, 901 handpiece, and 90° graver for this engraving. The scrolls are clean and lightly shaded, but intertwine and overlap in a complex pattern. Scott engraved the outline of the dog and then used lines to indicate details like musculature, eyes, and the nose. He used cross-hatching to indicate spots of color on the dogs fur and shadows on the legs that are further away from the viewer. A line of grass grows underneath the dog's feet, giving creating a scene in the midst of the scrolls. The background has been darkened, creating contrast and making the engraving stand out.

Scott's belt buckle is a good example of learned skills put into practice. We look forward to seeing more of his work in the future — it looks like he's off to a great start!

Do you have any examples of your early engravings? We'd love to see them! Send photos and story to featured@grstools.com — your project could be featured here!


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