Has it been a busy week for you? Need a bit of relaxation with a maker twist? Instead of firing up that tired sounds of the ocean soundtrack grab your fuzziest headphones and crank them up to the tune of soothing sharpener swooshes from professional engraver Sam Alfano. In the above video, you can watch Sam carve out intricate fleurs-de-lis using a Speitzer/Onglette style graver.
Sometimes it’s just mesmerizing to watch a seasoned master effortlessly produce beauty with a therapeutic calculation only found through years of practice; 32 years to be exact. On Sam’s website you can find online tutorials, links to extensive forums, and even sign up for in-person classes for makers of all skill levels in Kansas:
Since 1998 I have taught several hundred students at the GRS Training Center in Emporia, Kansas. A typical class can consist of men and women of all ages, from all parts of the country, and from all walks of life.
Of course, if you aren’t privvy to diving in the deep end just yet, check out his gallery for some truly inspiring engraving work!
What are some of your favorite therapeutic maker youtube channels? Let Us know in the comments and we’ll post a roundup for everyone to enjoy!
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is a graphic designer for Make: Magazine. His life is defined by three B's: Bikes, Burgers, Battlestar Galactica. Tiny electric car enthusiast and founder of the Power Racing Series. (www.powerracingseries.org)
Also helped start a hackerspace that one time and tricked himself into thinking he didn't write this in the third person.View more articles by James Tiberius Burke