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Bryan Bridges Engraving
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Tempe, Arizona
Phone: 480-345-7424

Bryan Bridges is offering private beginning, intermediate, and advanced engraving classes. Three different class sessions will be offered; a three-hour session, which can be held weekly, a whole day session, and a two-day session.

Classes will be individually tailored to the skill level and interests of the student. All tools and supplies will be provided. The engraving techniques taught will be pertinent to firearms, knives, jewelry and to many other applications.

Lunch will be provided for the one and two day sessions. Transportation to and from the airport will also be provided for the out of town students. Accommodations for the one and two day students will be found and agreed upon ahead of time.

All classes will be at the rate of fifty dollars per hour.

Students will be familiarized with some of the latest tools and equipment, including the Lindsay PalmControl AirGraver and the bridges-automated turntable. Beginners will learn how to tool up with the best equipment at a minimum of cost, even making some of their own equipment.

If you are an experienced or advanced engraver, but are not yet quite satisfied, or want to explore some new techniques, improve your work aesthetically, or just want to become more efficient, so that you can earn more money per hour, come to class, and we can work on each area until you are satisfied that you are on the right track.

Bryan will work from a viewpoint differing from the prevailing jewelry engraving trade. His background as a sculptor and die engraver, leads him to use some of the ordinary tools of the jewelry engraver in ways differing from jewelry engraving. Also, he will introduce the jewelry engraver to some tools and equipment, which will be foreign to them, but which are useful to firearms, knives, and to many other engraving endeavors in general.

Bryan is a thoroughly trained and experienced engraver with more than forty years full time in the business. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree, with honors, from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a major in sculpture, and is a journeyman die engraver. He has studied with Winston Churchill and with Lynton McKenzie, who was his neighbor in Tucson for many years. Much of his work has been done for the various private mints in this country. His hand engraved coins, medallions, firearms, and knives are in collections all over the world and he has an engraved knife in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. He has engraved the portraits of our presidents, our social, political, and business leaders, our movie stars, and our sports greats, from John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, to Evil Knivel, and Elvis Presley. His bronze sculptures may be seen at the Rive Gauche Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona.

To sign up for a class call Bryan Bridges