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Present Occupations

Hand engraver (copperplate & steel)/sign writer

Background, training and relevant experience

Apprenticeship served in London- old style printing company. 10 years work before moving to Cornwall in 1978. Took over Trophy shop in Truro.
Now doing engraving work for all major jewellers in Truro city and further a field.

Why you decided to run classes at MCSJ and what you think about the school

After being kindly invited to teach, I thought it would be nice to pass on some of my experience to others. Hand engravers are few and far between and someone out there may have hidden talents! This school is a great idea; bringing like minded people together to experience rare trades and techniques.



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Watch a video of Lisa Rothwell-Young who took a private engraving class with Cliff.



Cliff Wightwick

Subjects taught:-

Hand Engraving




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What you enjoy most about teaching your subject

People having a go!! Students being able, in a very short instruction period, to cut lines and shapes into metal, using exactly the same tools as a professional.

What students can expect from attending your course

To get insight into a little known about trade. Learning the basic ideas. Being able in a short time to make some cuts and do simple lettering on a copperplate. Students who already work with engraving can benefit from guidance in sharpening and making tools.

Your wishes for the coming year

If the students enjoy the experience I hope they would want to return after trying the basics to venture into more elaborate work.

Other wishes…world peace, more success for my business and a reasonable lottery win!

The jewellery school is based near St Austell in Cornwall, UK and all jewellery making classes run in our well equipped workshop.

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