The HoverCam is what you must have for the online instructions. It's what Ken uses on his end to show every stroke and every step of developing the letters...to the engraving of them on every object in the course.

The webcam on your laptop or desktop is NOT adequate for this course...other than when conversing with Ken or other students online.

HoverCam is the ideal connection for the student to show the work with ultimate detail and ease of adjustment.  The autofocus is perfect to show a single letter or your entire page.  It is powered by, and connects to, your laptop or desktop with a single USB cable. It has an LED light when needed to illuminate your work. There are other alternatives that require more time for adjustment that tie up your phone during the 3 hour class. The HoverCam is far and away the best option for learning from Ken online.

When you enroll in the Workshop, order your HoverCam right away, in case there's a temporary outage.  YOU CANNOT BEGIN THE CLASSES without this camera. IT PROVIDES THE BEST VIEW OF YOUR WORK FOR KEN TO SEE AND GIVE YOU FEEDBACK FOR NECESSARY CORRECTIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS IN YOUR WORK.

After the Workshop, it will be invaluable to show your work to Ken or a distant customer, friend, or relative. If you have a question about your drill or any other component, Ken can see it to help.

The HoverCam is $349. from

B & H Camera in New York.  

Phone 214.615.8820



Items below apply to Ken Brown Engraving Workshops

...wherever you attend.

NOTE:  THESE ARE THE SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED FOR YOUR CLASS.  VERIFY WITH RUSS LARSEN, the equipment supplier, that your purchase will or will not include these.  If you are purchasing ONLY the drill and burs, then request these items be added to your cost...or you may purchase them where you are, and have them for use in the Workshop.

Again.....these are items you must use in the Class – NO SUBSTITUTIONS!


4 Ultra Fine SHARPIE markers.  2 BLUE, 2 RED

1 Tube Rub ‘N Buff Antique Gold

1 Tube  Rub ‘N Buff Silver Leaf

12” THIN, FLEXIBLE clear plastic ruler marked in 1/16s

A 12” plastic T-square

Tape dispenser and 1 Roll of 3/4” 3M Magic tape

Small box of Band-Aids.  JUST in case…..

Small spray bottle filled with alcohol to clean baselines off glass and other objects.

Two small hand towels 

Small pair of scissors

Small Xacto knife

Small sponge dish scrubber with green threads from the Dollar Store, or equivalent.  Do NOT get ScotchBrite.; it will scratch some surfaces with its extreme abrasive material.



This is a VERY big deal.  Whether or not you wear glasses for vision correction, you MUST have glasses on all the time the drill is running to protect against engraving dust and particles possibly hitting your eyes.  If you’re under 30, you probably need little, if any, magnification.  If over 30, you need to try on some non-prescription glasses at CVS or Walgreens.  Find a pair that will allow you to see great detail.  I’ve worn 4 power since I was 40...and still do.  You won’t find the 4 power in drugstores if that’s what you want.  If you can read tiny print with a pair with a power of 3 or 3.25, they usually have those.  More powerful ones must come from an optical store or non-prescription vision center. 

NOTE:  When you're shopping for the glasses, see if the magnification is adequate for you to see great detail with your eyes about 12 inches from the table.  If you look across the room, DO NOT look through the lenses.  All will be a blur. Look OVER the top of the glasses when you're not engraving....or take them off.