What is new for 2021? I have added a couple new classes to the schedule for this year.

I have added a three day flare cutting workshop to my string of three day workshops. I have scheduled these three day technique workshops back to back for that students can take more than one of them in one trip if they desire. I am also doing an advanced knife engraving class in 2021.

I am planning to add a watch engraving class and a class i which i teach doing bulino over a multi metal inlay for a “colored” bulino effect. I still have some logistics to work out on those but I hope to have them scheduled soon.

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Classes Offered

Five Day Basic Engraving Class

This is my entry level class designed for novice beginners. This class is also for experienced engravers who want a refresher course or a different point of view from an experienced full time bench engraver.

March 1-5  Mon-Fri

May 12-16 Wed-Sun

August 2-6 Mo-Fri

        October 6-10 Wed-Sun

Cost: $800
$200 deposit required

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Intermediate Level Engraving Class

Once the basic skills are practiced enough to have control of them the student is encouraged to move forward and take an intermediate level class. To be successful in this class a student must have enough tool control.

Scheduled dates

August 25-29 WED-SUN

Cost: $800
$200 deposit required

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Seven day Custom Knife Engraving Class

This is a new class for this year.

Last years knife engraving class was so successful that I am doing another knife engraving class in 2021.    However, it will not be the same class.  Last years class was an intermediate level class in which we covered a lot of the basics of engraving a hand made folder.  This years class is going to be more advanced.  This years class is going to incorporate sculpting,  Inlay, and bulino on the inlay to add color to a bulino scene.  Unlike last years class,  I will will provide the design for much of the engraving.  I will design the sculpted frame and the borders.  I am working on these designs now and I will post them here as soon as they are finished  Students can provide their ow bulino scene if the wish.  I will set the parameters for that soon.  because of the advanced nature of this class, it will be a 7 day class rather than a 5 day class.

Ray Cover Sr is making identical canoe knife folders with full stainless scales that are 3 5/8″ for this class.  You will take your engraved Ray Cover Sr knife home with you after the class.

Students will need to provide their own gold I will provide all other materials.

Please note:  this will be an advanced level class.  Students will need to have good tool control and be able to do basic gold inlay.

Sept 4-10  Sat-Fri

Cost: $1250
$300 deposit required

Three Day Inlay Workshop

This engraving class covers various metal inlay techniques. Sheet inlay, wire inlay, twisted wire inlay, raised line inlay, and multi-metal inlay are all covered in this workshop.

Scheduled dates

April  17-19  Sat-Mon

Cost: $450
$100 deposit required

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Three Day Bulino Class

The three day bulino workshop is a techniques based class. In this class I cover how to create various textures such as animal fur, hair, fish scales, bird feathers and various landscape elements .

April 20-22 Tue-Thur

Cost: $450
$100 deposit required

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Three Day Sculpted Engraving Workshop

This is basically a sculpted scroll workshop. In this workshop we will sculpt a Flor de lis, oak leaves and scroll.

In this class I will cover:

Making the gravers, punches, and scrapers needed
for background removal and sculpting

Scheduled dates

April 23-25 Fri-Sun

Cost: $450
$100 deposit required

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Three Flare Cutting Class

The three day Flare Cutting workshop is a techniques based class. In this class I cover how to use bright cut gravers, 120 gravers and other tools to create flowing flare cut scroll patterns.  we will work from simple flare cut scrolls toward more complex scrolls as well as borders and floral elements.    I recommend having decent  tool control over your brightcut flats before taking this workshop

April 26-28 Mon-Wed

Cost: $450
$100 deposit required

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Private Instruction

Ray provides private instruction as well as group classes. The advantages of private instruction are that the content can be customer tailored to the students needs. It can also be scheduled for a time that works for both the student and Ray. There are two prices for private instruction.

Cost: $500 per day or $2,000 for a five day block of time


Semi Private Instruction

Semi private instruction is structured the same way as private instruction but it is for two people. This works well for two family members, two co-workers, or two friends who are both interested in engraving.

Cost: $625 per day or $2,500 for a five day block of time





Class Reservations

To sign up for a class contact Ray Cover .
His address is 16235 State Hwy U, Mineral Point, MO 63660.
His phone number is 314 808 2508.