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Jim Downing - The Gun Engraver

1500 W. College St,
Springfield MO 65806

Phone: 417-865-5953
email :


Internationally known for his engraving on "Guns of the Old West" Jim Downing has been teaching the art of engraving for ten years at his studio in Springfield, MO.  Classes run for one week with 2 to 4 students in each class. Scheduling will be very flexible depending on both our commitments. Tools and equipment will be supplied for your use. Classes will generally be held Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm in my shop in Springfield, Missouri. The cost of a 5 day class is $950. A deposit of $100 will reserve your seat with the balance being paid when you arrive. Motels and restaurants are very inexpensive in Springfield and are near by the shop, as is Branson for your evening entertainment. Additional information will be mailed to you when you reserve your seat.

Basic Engraving Classes

The classes will cover in detail:
* Tools
* sharpening bits
* layout and design of script
* cutting script
* layout and design of scroll
* cutting scroll
* border design and cutting
* background work

We will also touch on:
* inlay
* metal preparation
* bluing and plating
* push engraving
* chasing (hammer and chisel)
* scrimshaw


Travel and hotel info for Springfield can be found on-line at the Convention & Visitors Bureau

Please Check the web site  for dates and Call or Email for more details.