FIRST KEN BROWN ENGRAVING WORKSHOP
Held in McKinney, TX. • Memorial Day weekend 2001
L to R: Elizabeth, GEORGIA • Betty, TEXAS • Bob, CALIFORNIA • Ken • Denise, TENNESSEE • Joanne, CALIFORNIA
Joanne became Ken Brown Certified Engraver # 1. Denise was #2
Workshops held in hotels host a max of 10 students. Average is 5-6 in a Class. This is a typical room with 6 students in this session. All students in the following photos attended in this room configuration with a large screen showing Ken's work, as well as the students' for comments and evaluations.
Online sessions are conducted from Ken's Studio where, with two cameras and three monitors, he can show his pen work in showing students the basic alphabet that will be used with the drill to engrave later. Not shown is the engraving system he uses with the HoverCam on the left side to show great detail in letters done with pen on paper and the drill engraving on a variety of shapes and surfaces.
Ken uses his HoverCam throughout the online sessions, to show great, steady detail in the making of all the letters. During the engraving demos, Ken places the object below the camera so the student sees the drill, in closeup and wide shots and the layout is make on the object, in preparing to engrave it. The engraving process is shown in live action as the student watches the typical items being engraved....and some NOT so typical. Students will see those to0!
These are other students over the years who came, learned, and now earn handsome fees.
SAME STUDENT at 15 & 24!
Among the 500+ students I've taught, there have been two kids, in classes about 5 years apart. Both are in the 4 photos just above. Each was 15 at the time of their Workshop. You've heard it before, but kids soak up new stuff and learn so much faster than the adults. Frankly, I'd rather teach kids any time!
Kendall, the girl, came to the Workshop because her mother saw an article about me in a Dallas business journal. It was a brief human interest story with a photo of me and a giant, 9 liter Champagne bottle. The mom's wheels started whirring and she knew this would be a perfect way for her daughter to earn money during the summer, and when she had spare time to help with her college fund. I've lost track of Kendall, probably out of college now.
Micah came with his mother from Tennessee and both took the class! She wanted him to have a productive skill during high school and college, with no flipping burgers or mowing yards for this kid!
Micah was amazing in the class. He took what he learned back home and made more money through his high school and college years than any kid in town....by a long shot, at fifty bucks an hour...about forty-something dollars per hour over minimum wage!
During each of my Workshops, I tell all students the importance of doing some amount of charity work. "Donate your time and skill for a good cause; it will come back to you....guaranteed!"
For a number of years and, literally, thousands of wine glasses and loads of wine bottles, my charity, for years, was the American Heart Association chapter in Dallas, Texas. I did many events for them annually. They now employ me in my busy schedule for some of their most important wine tasting and wine auction events.