Barry Lee Hands
offers one on one classes in his Las Vegas Studio by
You will receive personally tailored instruction in engraving
techniques at the advanced, intermediate, or beginning level
depending on your personal needs.
You will work side by side with Mr. Hands in his engraving
studio learning techniques and the business of how an engraving
shop is run on a day to day basis.
Courses are five days in length and include airport pickup on
Sunday McCarran airprt Las Vegas (LAS)and airport drop-off the
following Saturday. Tuition is $5000 for Five days of
instruction. Courses for two or more students are available by
special arrangement with Mr. Hands.
Mr. Hands is an award winning Master Engraver. He was awarded
“Best Engraved Rifle” and “Engravers Choice Award of Merit” in
2009 , “Best Engraved Handgun” in 2010, “Spirit of the
Knifemakers Guild “ in2012, and “Best engraved Single Shot
Rifle” in 2015 at the Firearms Engravers Guild of America annual
meeting at The Gun Engravers Show in Las Vegas.
He is known for his thorough and meticulous layout and design,
combining time honored engraving techniques with his own
Barry Lee Hands has been a professional Engraver since he was
apprenticed at Gist engravers at the age of seventeen years. He
has worked and studied with engravers such as Ron Smith and
Winston Churchill. Barry has worked with David Trevallion, Jerry
Fisher, Gary Goudy, Lee Helgeland, Craig Boddington, The
Winchester Custom Shop, The Colt Custom shop, C. Sharps Arms
Co., Dakota Arms co., John Rigby and Co. and knifemakers Steve
Hoel and SR Johnson.
Barry’s Knife Engraving has been exhibited at the prestigious
Art Knife Invitational, and at the Arts In Metal show in Stresa,
He holds Certified Master status in the Firearms Engravers Guild
of America, and has served as President of the Guild for the
last four years.. He has also served as an Engraving Instructor
for GRS/Glendo, the Colorado Gunsmithing Academy of Lamar, and
The Ithaca Gun Company.
“ In centuries to come, it is a certainty that the name “Hands”
will be referred to with the same respect and artistic reverence
as the names of Young, Nimschke, Ulrich, Helfricht, Kornbrath,
Francolini, McKenzie, Churchill, and White.”
- Jim Alaimo, Superintendent, Colt Custom Gunshop, October 18,
“ The most beautiful knife blade engraving I have ever seen”
“Recognized as working at the Master level of accomplishment”,
he is world renowned and in great demand.
-R. L. Wilson from the Colt Book of Engraving