Engraving with Air Tools with Harry Forster-Stringer

05 Jul 2024 - 06 Jul 2024 · 9.30am – 4.30pm
£339 (6 places)
The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Specialist Workshop
Programme type
Technical Skills Training
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Looking to develop your hand engraving skills? This two-day short course with Harry Forster-Stringer will provide you with an in depth understanding of how to best use air-driven tools to push through the metal’s surface and give you time to practice.

With a good emphasis on sharpening your tools you will also get to make your own gravers. This course is designed to build your confidence with equipment as well as progress your ability and skills at pace. It aims to introduce you to the use of air gravers as a tool to quickly develop engraving capacity and ability. Ideal for beginners and intermediate learners.

Under expert tuition from award-winning goldsmith Harry Forster-Stringer, learn how to speed up the lengthy process of hand engraving, develop muscle memory and control using traditional techniques.

“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. It was everything I had hoped it would be and then some more. Harry is an excellent teacher and I have come away from the course feeling inspired, excited and well prepared for what I need to do next to further my engraving technique.”

– Course Participant

Our small class size offers you the chance to get group as well as individual guidance and 1:1 time with your tutor, allowing you to receive tailored advice to deepen your knowledge and understanding of this engraving technique. 


Delivered in person at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, this course will help you with:

  • Developing Precision: Air tools allow for precise and intricate engraving, making them suitable for creating detailed designs and fine lines. The pressure of the compressed air can be adjusted for different engraving depths and styles, allowing for versatility in creating different textures and patterns. They also tend to produce less vibration compared to some other engraving methods, which can improve comfort and control during long engraving sessions.
  • Transferable Skills: The precision, attention to detail, and artistic sensibility developed through engraving can be applied to other aspects of jewellery design. Learning air tool engraving will improve your overall craftsmanship, making your jewellery pieces more refined and sophisticated. You can create unique patterns, textures, and motifs on your jewellery, setting your pieces apart from mass-produced items.
  • Repairs and Restoration: Engraving skills are valuable for jewellery repair and restoration work. Whether you're restoring a vintage piece or fixing a damaged item, engraving expertise can be essential.
  • Additional Income: By offering engraving services, you can generate additional income for your jewellery business. Customers often pay extra for personalised engravings.

You will learn how to:

  • setup microscopes for efficient work practice.
  • setup the hand piece and control unit.
  • transfer designs onto your work using different methods.
  • sharpen and polish gravers to get the right geometry and perfect bright cut, especially on carbide.
  • achieve different types of cut and what gravers to use.
  • hold different pieces of work when engraving.
  • enamel cut or letter cut (time permitting).
  • get the best value for money equipment, plus lots of ways to save money.
  • Protective clothing or clothing you do not mind getting dirty e.g. apron, and closed toe shoes.
  • One pair of dividers.
  • One scriber.
  • Gravers.
  • Practice plates.
  • GRS equipment.

Intermediate: Some practical experience and understanding of the listed skill required.

Participants should be comfortable in a workshop environment and able to work independently on basic tasks. This course is suitable for someone who has control of the pendant motor and a good grasp of their tools.

We believe that talent should not be held back. Here at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, we are open, accessible and inclusive to all. Our Access Grants help anyone to build thriving creative careers, supporting jewellers, silversmiths and allied industry practitioners to access our training courses for free.

If you need help to cover fees for our business and technical skills short courses, please apply for one of our Access Grants. To find out more and read our application criteria, click here

The Access Grants are delivered by the Goldsmiths' Centre and funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

Setting with Air tools with Harry foster Stringer, this two-day course will further develop your skills to use Air tools focusing on Micro-setting techniques.

Who is the tutor?

Harry Forster-Stringer is an award-winning professional goldsmith, engraver and enameller based in Nottingham with over 40 years’ trade experience. Starting as a mounter in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter, he made the jump to setting 30 years ago. He now covers a variety of techniques such as stone-setting, pavé microsetting and hand engraving, and is furthering his enamelling skills under the tutelage of second-generation enameller, Phil Barnes. He is a highly experienced tutor at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and successful consultant in the jewellery industry.