Class Information

To get signed up for any of these classes contact RayCover .
His address is 16235 State Hwy U, Mineral Point, MO 63660.
His phone number is 314 808 2508.


Class hours

Unless otherwise stated, classes will run 9am to 5pm each day with a break for lunch.

There will usually be open studio time in the evenings after the 9-5 class day has ended. During this time the classroom will be open for students to get extra practice in. No instruction or help will be available during open studio time. It’s not required, and students don’t have to do it but it is offered.

Tools and equipment

All tools, supplies, and equipment needed for the class are provided. The only things students need to bring with them are their own note taking materials. A camera is also a good idea. It is helpful to be able to supplement notes with photos. I do recommend note taking. A lot of information is covered in a class and notes are a valuable tool in remembering everything covered.

Class limits

All classes are limited to eight students. There is no longer a minimum of students. Numbers are not a problem at this point so I removed the minimum student requirement for a class. If a class is on the schedule it is going to happen even if only one student shows up.

Classroom Tour

What to expect


Descriptions Of Classes

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.

A copy of my Basic Scroll Manual comes with the class.

In this class I teach:

  • Graver making and sharpening
  • Transfer methods
  • Tool and bench set up
  • Good cutting habits
  • Intro to bright cutting
  • Lettering
  • Basic Scroll cutting
  • Background treatments
  • Line borders and decorative borders
  • Scroll shading

This is an intensive five day course. In this class I cover everything needed for the student to get started cutting basic engraving. Students will cut four engraving plates in this class. A basic skills plate consisting of lines, circles, and spirals; a bright cutting skills plate; a script lettering plate; and a scroll/borders project plate.

This is the engraving class I recommend for first time engravers as this class requires no previous skill set.

Cost: $800
$200 deposit required


Intermediate Level Engraving Class

Once the basic skills are practiced enough to have control of the tools, 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 to do the following:

  1. They must be able to cut a line to the desired depth and width cleanly and evenly.
  2. They must be able to cleanly cut scrolls, leaves, and borders.
  3. They must have a basic understanding of scrolls and shading.

In this class I teach:

  • More advanced scroll designs such as intertwined vine scrolls.
  • Wire and sheet inlay
  • Flare cutting
  • basic sculpted engraving
  • Intro to Fine English Scroll

This is an intensive engraving class much like the basic class but at a higher level skill set.

Cost: $800
$200 deposit required


Three Day Bulino Workshop

The three day bulino workshop is a techniques based class. In this class I cover how to create various textures and effects within engraved imagery.

In this class I teach:

  • How to do fur and animal hair
  • How to do spotted or patterned animal fur/hair
  • How to do feathers
  • How to do various types of water
  • How to do human hair
  • How to do smooth textures such as skin or metalic surfaces
  • How to do various grasses and grass effects
  • How to do various trees and tree effects

Cost: $450
$100 deposit required


Three Day Flare Cutting Workshop

This is three days of intensive bright cutting and flare cutting. Bright cutting and flare cutting are real money makers for jewelers and engravers. These styles have a great sculpted look and can be cut fairly quickly since they have no background or shading.

This engraving class explores flare cut lettering, flare cut and bright cut borders, flare cut florals, and various flare cut scroll styles.

To be successful in this class a student must have enough tool control to do the following.

  1. They must be able to cut a line to the desired depth and width cleanly and evenly.
  2. They must be able to cleanly cut scrolls, leaves, and borders.
  3. They must have a basic understanding of scrolls and shading.

Cost: $450
$100 deposit required


Three Day Inlay Class

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

To be successful in this class a student must have enough tool control to do the following:

  1. They must be able to cut a line to the desired depth and width cleanly and evenly.
  2. They must be able to cleanly cut scrolls, leaves, and borders.
  3. They must have a basic understanding of scrolls and shading.

Cost: $450
$100 deposit required


Three Day Sculpted Engraving Workshop

This is basically a sculpted scroll workshop. In this class I will cover:

  • Making the gravers, punches, and scrapers needed
  • Background removal
  • Initial carving techniques
  • Punching and forming techniques
  • Scraping techniques
  • Finishing techniques

To be successful in this class a student must have enough tool control to do the following:

  1. They must be able to cut a line to the desired depth and width cleanly and evenly.
  2. They must be able to cleanly cut scrolls, leaves, and borders.
  3. They must have a basic understanding of scrolls

Cost: $450
$100 deposit required


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