I discovered the AirGraver while working with a tool from
another company. I engrave lines and remove the background with hammer and chisel as I learned at the engraving school of Liege in Belgium beginning in 1989. I finished
with my the tool from another company for shadows, lines or animals.
Then three years ago, I was teaching a course to a student in my workshop. The student asked which engraving tool he should buy. He didn't have a lot of money and I
recommend him to buy the Artisan AirGraver from Steve Lindsay.. He followed my advise and he received it. He asked me how to hook the tool so I asked the student to
send me the tool and I would help him. I received the Artisan AirGraver and I tried it. I discovered immediately the power that was missing in my two engraving tools from
another company that I was using. I immediately sent an email to Steve to ask him about how the power of the Artisan compares with the Classic AirGraver or the
responded to my email quickly (not two weeks later, like the another company sometimes does), saying the Artisan had a medium power compared to the Classic or
I decided to
buy a PalmControl AirGraver for myself because I found the foot control is not really instinctive to someone who comes from a push graver. I have foot pedal with my tools
I was using from another company, but I don't really like it.
When I begin to work with my PalmControl, it is maybe stupid of me to say, but when I began to work with my PalmControl, it was a revelation.. I returned to the
historical technique of Belgian engraving, but with the new tool which gave me the possibility to use a microscope with all my work allowing a very clean job.. It is
impossible with hammer and chisel to have the facility of engraving with help of air to drive the PalmControl.. I don't know if it is my hand which is doing it, or if it
is the fabulous tool.
time I have been working all the time with my PalmControl and for all types of work. I have also discovered a different sharpening system point than I. I worked with
Steve to create a sharpening template of my typical point for gold inlay.
A few days ago I received a Lindsay Goliath vise and I can tell you there less vibration when using it and less breaking of points. It is easy to move with
one hand on my turntable, very heavy, with good stability, better radius for working with the microscope and has a very nice finish.
Now I don't know how I can do without Steve Lindsay engraving tools. I can recommend all engravers to work with AirGravers made by Steve Lindsay. Thanks
Roland Baptiste, BELGIUM
Roland Baptiste teaches engraving classes in Belgium. More information about engraving schools and how to how to contact Roland can be
found at: www.EngravingClasses.com