Just put the wraps on the September, 2014, Ken Brown Professional Engraving Seminar.  Had 4 star students…photos to follow in a few days.

At every Seminar I teach, there comes a point somewhere in the 3 days that I put this Christmas ornament under the camera and project it on the big screen for all to see.  For the first few hours of the Class, students cannot appreciate the beauty and freedom in the flowing script done with a 300,000 rpm dental drill.  It’s the work of John DeCollibus, from the Boston, MA, area, who took my Class in 2003.  Like most other students, he struggled with the drill the first few hours, then he began to make friends with it.  As the hours progressed over the 3 days, he became more and more comfortable in making the strokes and letters.


A few months after his taking the Class, I received this from him.  The ornament with its message is one of my favorite treasures that I receive from students who learn the skill during the 3 days in the hotel meeting room.  My students use the experience as a launchpad to a whole new chapter in their life.

Phones are ringing and emails are flying from companies and promotional firms out there looking for us.  The ones of us who can sit and transform a beautiful fragrance bottle, piece of crystal, or wine bottle into something that touches the heart of the recipient, are in much demand.  Many of our pieces become heirlooms.  Some of our pieces get displayed prominently on mantles, the wine cabinet, the bar, and in china cabinets.

Often it’s a gift of a gun from a grandfather to a young grandson, with an inscription whose words will be priceless in years to come.  A pocket knife from a father to his son is often our object to make special.

Wine glasses and toasting flutes with our elegant script become centerpieces of life’s milestones, commemorating the names, dates, and sentiments that will be read by children, grandchildren, and beyond.

Our class on October 27, 28, & 29 will be the last this year.  For those who come take the session, there is still more than enough time to be very busy during the Christmas season personalizing gifts of all kinds.  The earning potential, with guidelines and discussions about how to price the work, is a part of each Class; you’ll learn how the new skill that you learn can literally change your life with the many ways you’ll be prepared and able to personalize almost any item.

The next Class will probably not be available until next March.

If you’re interested, there is a very special offer on our site good through today only.

And while I’m here, I’ll tell you that we had a lively discussion during the last hour of the Class yesterday about two things.

• A video on block lettering that people often prefer…and how the combination of block with the script gives a new dimension to an engraved piece.

• My plan to finally pull the trigger on a multi-faceted group of videos teaching specific portions of my Seminar.  They would be available only for the iPad and other Apple devices.

All agreed there is nothing like ‘being in the room’ to learn this for the immediate feedback and one-on-one help, but there are folks worldwide who can’t get to Texas, who’d love to get their hands in the pie the rest of us savor daily.

Give me some feedback in the comments section below.  I’ll respond to each and answer any questions you may have.  There are only 6 seats available to take my Seminar in October.

-Ken  •  214.250.6958


  1. Dean Lind September 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Mr Brown,

    I’m not a former student, though I dearly hope to be a future one.

    I would protest (if I might be so bold) your intent to make any videos available only on the iPad and or other
    Apple devices.

    I’ve used both Apple and Android devices,having settled on Android. I would respectfully submit that worldwide
    (and it holds here in the US as well) only 12% of smartphone/tablet sales are Apple.

    Taking nothing from Apple (as I enjoy their units) would you really wish to limit your penetration of the market
    to such a degree?

    Thanks for providing me with a forum for expression of my point of view.

    Dean Lind

  2. Susan Minshall September 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    Ken, While it was wonderful to have the one on one attention in class, if I were not able to attend, videos would have been most welcome. There will come a time that you will not be able to teach any longer and to have videos to carry on your heritage would be awesome. I wouldn’t even mind having some to review from time to time. Susie

  3. KenBrown September 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Thanks, Susan. Good points on my mind too. Will keep you posted.

  4. KenBrown September 29, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Thanks, Dean. The program I use is free from Apple and I know how to use it. Cannot be used for other OS. Doubtful I
    I’d be able to get it on Android without a total remake. We’ll see. Android users who REALLY want to learn will find an iPad I’d bet.

  5. Debi September 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    I would definitely purchase any videos you produce!
    I took the 3 day seminar in Allen a Tx a few years ago .
    love to re explore but can’t afford another 3 day seminar.

    Just sign me..
    a Lefty

  6. KenBrown September 30, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    Hi Debi….
    Will do. Thanks for the note.

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