“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard



Traditionally, one of the most prized methods of dressing up an article was to have it hand engraved. Engraving is a skill which takes a long time to master as well as continued practice to maintain a high level of skill. Consequently there have always been few practitioners of the art, driving up the cost and limiting the availability of hand engraving.

Fortunately for instrument work, the materials to be engraved are relatively soft and easy to work, unlike the steel of a fine gun or the fine metals in jewelry. Pearl and abalone take engraving very nicely and the process adds a tremendous three dimensional effect to the finished piece. With a few simple tools almost any style and pattern of engraving can be accomplished. The techniques are simple, the tools are simple. All one needs is a little time and practice (and good instruction) to be able to create works of art with engraving.

Please Note:

HANDLE IS INCLUDED, simply attach blade to use. 
• All engraving tools are made of high quality HHS (high speed steel), except the SPENLS which is made from Swiss steel.

Graver with mushroom handle



SKU Product Name In Stock Each  
SPENK Graver w/handle, knife for accents, large Yes $19.16
SPENK1 Graver w/handle, knife for accents, small Yes $21.47
SPENOG Graver w/handle, onglette for fine lines/curves Yes $18.85
SPENO Graver w/handle, oval for heavy single lines Yes $20.95
SPENLS Graver w/handle, liner for many fine parallel lines Yes $32.50
SPENSQ Graver w/handle, square for very fine single lines Yes $18.85
SPENH Mushroom handle (extra)
Yes $2.78
SPEF Laskin’s ”Special Blend” engraving filler Yes $7.61
BM40 The Jewelry Engravers Manual
Yes $9.95