Awards & Engraving

June '18

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A&E JUNE 2018 • 65 School of Fine Art Engraving Hosts Five-Day Basic Engraving Class Though many retailers primarily use laser technology, there are still opportunities to learn about hand engraving, the roots of modern engraving practices. Ray Cover, owner of School of Fine Art Engraving, hosted a five-day workshop on the basics of hand engraving, May 5-9 at the school's location, 106A State Hwy P, Potosi, Missouri. Cover has been teaching these classes for over 15 years. "I personally believe it is better for students to take a basic class before spending a lot of time at the bench working with their tools," says Cover. "If they try to figure it out on their own without taking a class first, they tend to develop bad habits that need to be corrected during the class. If they start their engraving journey with a class, they can learn the correct habits from the start, and will be better off in the long run." He adds, "Engraving takes a lot of practice to master just like any other art medium or skill. There is muscle memory to build and that only comes through repetitive practice." Want more exclusive coverage? Visit: Cissna's Sporting Goods and Trophies Closes its Doors After 45 Years CL and Linda Cissna announced their retirement, and with it, the closing of Cissna's Sporting Goods and Trophies, their Louisville, Kentucky-based retail shop, which specialized in custom-engraved team sports awards. According to the owners, the decision has been years in consideration. Cissna's originally opened up shop back in 1973, making 2018 its 45th year in business. CL explains that he grew up in the trophy industry, so this career path was a natural choice. "My dad started a basement business after he lost his job. He and a friend decided they wanted to go into the trophy and sporting goods business, and I would go every day after school and on weekends to help make trophies." Seventeen years later, CL and Linda expanded his father's shop on 1012 Clarks Lane to where it most currently resided: 1026 Clarks Lane. CL notes that he has seen the industry grow through major technological developments including the introduction of com- puters and laser engravers, and the rise of plastics. As they gear up for their next chapter, CL writes, "Many well wishes and thanks from the past and present customers." Check out the full story:

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