This year held at the DeCordova Museum School of Art, Lincoln, MA.
51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773
Contact SAS for more info: 401/567-7800
Saturday, May 25, 2002
Refreshments will be available in the workshop throughout the demonstration.
12:00-3:00pm: Engraving with Gail Smith
Gail's engraving block which swivels to any position
and used to secure the piece being engraved
Gail Smith, a master hand engraver who has been studying the art form for 23 years, will be giving an intensive workshop for SilverWorksIV in 2002.
Gail, who worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia, for 19 years, went through a seven-year apprenticeship program and earned her journeyman certification. She then received her journeymanship from the State Apprenticeship Council of Virginia. In her years at Colonial Williamsburg, Gail served as a hand engraver, being promoted to manager of the engraving shop in 1990. In 1997 Gail left Colonial Williamsburg and opened her own business: GS Engraving.
Visit Gails Web site at http://www.hometown.aol.com/lunitns/HndEngraver.html to see outstanding examples of her work.
Example of Gail's work
Below is a rundown of the engraving workshop:
Topics of Discussion
Apprentice/Journeyman Program for the State of Virginia
- 18th Century Decorative Arts
- History of Women in Decorative Arts Trades
- Famous Engravers
Demonstration & Interpretation
Demonstrate freehand layout, scribe and cutting
- Tool Sharpening Techniques
Hands-on Layout & Cutting
Engraving projectinvolves cutting your own monogram.
Gail is planning on having a rotation of 3 to 5 participants working on layout and scribe, then moving to engraving blocks for cutting. As the first set move from layout and scribe, 3 to 5 more will sit and begin drawing while the first set is cutting, and so on until everyone has an opportunity to engrave.
Blocks, scribes, tools and metal to cut on will be furnished free of charge. If you have gravers that you work with and are comfortable with, please bring them alongthat would make things more comfortable for you when cutting.
3:00-3:30pm: Break for Other Activities
Receive Jeff Hermans updated Silver Care Guide and come prepared with silver care and restoration questions for him. He'll even describe how to do the repair yourself!
3:30-6:30pm: Engraving Demonstration Continues
6:45pm: Dinner & presentation of the third Hans Christensen Sterling Silversmith Award
$60 (Current SAS Members)
Payment Due Date
Your non-refundable payment is due May 11, 2002. Limited to 30 people. Confirmation and directions to SAS will be mailed to you.
401/567-7800 (8:00am-8:00pm EST)
Accommodations in the Lincoln, MA area...
Be sure to mention "SilverWorksIV" when booking!
Holiday Inn Express
385 Winter St.
Waltham, MA 02654
Corporate rate: $99 per night
Be sure to mention you're with the Society of American Silversmiths Group Block.
Battle Green Motor Inn
1720 Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA 02173
$75 and up
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