Engraving is a focused activity. Holding the graver – the cutting tool – feels awkward at first. I was worried, again, about my hand. My first instinct was just to dig away at my piece of copper. Then, I listened to our teacher and realized that the light touch creates engraving. It's not the wrist, or even the arm. It's the back and shoulders. I can do this! All these fears about my wrist seem to be falling away as I learn the proper techniques.
It’s funny about what skills different people are drawn to in jewelry. Students in my class seem to either love or hate engraving. Me? I love it. What seemed like it would be tedious and exacting is actually kind of magical and meditative. I could literally do it every day.