Learn the art of engraving through this beautifully illustrated and written volume containing almost 1400 photos, drawings and designs. The author’s detailed introduction to engraving starts with drawing patterns, then leads you through projects to completion, including creating pieces to practice on until you are confident in your skills before applying them to precious metal. The book emphasizes tool care and covers both basic and advanced techniques. The information it contains is ideal for beginning engravers wanting unwrap the age-old secrets of engraving. The author includes tips that will benefit even the most experienced engraver; this work is a must-have for expanding engraving knowledge and delving into the finer points of engraving work. Although many of the examples show firearm engraving, the techniques are universal and apply directly to work on any metal surface. The author has included hundreds of original designs as well as samples from a variety of master engravers.