Grand Masters Program 2019

Announcing first-time Grand Master instructors...
Sam Alfano & Mike Dubber


It is our distinct honor to announce Mike Dubber and Sam Alfano as the 2019 Grand Master instructors! Sam and Mike are extremely deserving considering their portfolios, achievements, and contributions. They have been pillars in the American hand engraving industry and are held in the highest regard by their peers, students, and collectors.

Apply January 2, 2019

Deadline: March 29, 2019
Selection Notification: April 30, 2019

Any engraver of intermediate skill or higher is invited to apply for the following 2019 classes.

Master Level Colt Engraving with Mike Dubber
Comprehensive Master Level Engraving with Sam Alfano

What is the Grand Masters Program?

Respected Masters

10 Days of Learning

An Incredible Experience

Grand Masters Sam Alfano and Mike Dubber will share the industries’ most sought-after techniques with two chosen groups of artists. Those accepted into this program will expand their techniques while collaborating with two world-renowned Masters.

The program spans 10 workshop days, with a weekend of collaboration and relaxation for attendees and guests.

Why You Should Apply

Bringing together two Grand Masters and 24 serious artists will create an ideal environment for inspiration, collaboration, and betterment of the arts. This is a true investment in your craft; participation in the Grand Masters workshop will impact the level of skill and technique for each attendee. You DO NOT need to be of master level to apply — just have proficient skills and a strong desire to learn from the best. All submissions are confidential.

How to Apply

If you are an experienced engraver or jeweler and are interested in this exciting event, submit a completed application. Application form will be available online January 2, 2019, or you may request to receive one by calling GRS. Applications will be accepted January 2, 2019, through March 29, 2019. Please apply promptly — applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

The Approval Process

After the closing for receipt of applications, all candidates’ photos will be reviewed to remove any names or other identifying marks. Each application portfolio will then be assigned a number known only to GRS management.

Photos will be sent to the Grand Masters, who will select twelve attendees based entirely on the work shown in the photos. Three alternates will also be selected to cover possible cancellations. Applications are kept confidential to ensure selections are unbiased.

Class details and more information will be released in the near future.

Applications are now closed.

Master Level Colt Engraving with Mike Dubber

Comprehensive Master Level Engraving with Sam Alfano

Applications are now closed.