NAPBIRT University
Hand Engraving
June 24-28, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Host:   Bill Mathews -    309.452.4257

Location:   [ Map Link ]
NAPBIRT Technical Training Center
2026 Eagle Rd
Normal, IL 61761

This course is SOLD OUT
If you would like to have your name added to the waiting list in case of a cancellation, please send an email to: or call the NAPBIRT Office: 309.452.4257.

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Hand engraving on a musical instrument is not a simple task. It takes a dedicated commitment of continual practice. Machine engraving or stamping can not match the richness of lines and ornamentation that can only be created by a master engraver.

In this course, Sherry will share her many years of knowledge and expertise so you can start developing the proper techniques for top-notch engraving. Along with the actual process of engraving, you will also learn the importance of tool selection and maintenance. Subjects to be covered:
  • Tool making
  • Tool sharpening
  • Pattern transfer
  • Hand engraving the Bach "Anniversary Design" on a trumpet bell
  • Proper tool selection
  • Making tools from metal files
  • Transferring patterns onto bell
  • Proper trumpet holding techniques
  • Execution of hand engraving a trumpet bell
Upon completion of the course, you will leave with the necessary tools and skill set to successfully engrave the Bach Anniversary Design. (see photo below) All tools, sharpening stone and lubricant, tool holder, polishing paper and trumpet bell with the completed design engraved by you. In addition, copies of the most requested trumpet designs and sources for supplies will be included.


For more information or to ask questions, contact:
Sherry Huntley:

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Sherry L Huntley, Master Engraver, has been executing this craft since 1983. Living in Elkhart, IN, once known as the " Musical Instrument Capitol of the World" has afforded Sherry the opportunity to apprentice under master engravers from Selmer, Conn and Buescher.

Works that Sherry has created have been featured in the recent film " Miles Ahead" starring Don Cheadle. She also was commissioned to create a piece for the director of "Shattered" starring Pierce Brosnan. On several occasions, she has worked with Doc Severinson and many others throughout the world.

Sherry wishes the legacy of skilled craftsmanship to continue in generations to come.

Safety glasses are required for all NAPBIRT University courses.
If you do not bring your own, we will provide them.


The hotel listed below is within one mile of the Training Center and has been used many times by previous participants. However, you are free to use your favorite website search engine or mobile phone app to find a hotel of your choice.   (zipcode search: 61761)
Baymont Inn & Suites - Normal    309.454.4070
6 Traders Circle
Normal, IL 61761

  • The closest airport is in Bloomington, IL. Airport Code: BMI

  • There is a local Amtrak station in Normal, IL: - Station code: BNL

  • If you are flying into Chicago O'Hare or Midway airports and would like to get a bus shuttle, click on the following link:
         Destination Selection: Normal: Amtrak Uptown Station


You are welcome to ship any packages prior to your arrival. Send them to:

    (your name)
    2026 Eagle Rd
    Normal, IL 61761

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Please read and understand the:   Cancellation Policy

  • All registrations are to be completed electronically using this website.
       (We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You do not have to be a member of NAPBIRT to register. However, you will need to create an account with us in order to process your registration.
  • If you are a current member, make sure you are logged into the system. Otherwise, you will end up re-typing a lot of information that would automatically be inserted into the registration form.
  • If you are a previous member or you have attended a NAPBIRT clinic in the past, your name should already be in our database. Click Here to request your login information.

NOTE:   Seating is limited to 6 registrations.

Course Fee:   $640.00
Tools/Materials Fee:   $200.00 **
Total:   $840.00

** Sherry has pre-selected the necessary tools needed for this course. This will ensure that all attendees have the same quality and consistency. Tools will be shipped directly to the Training Center and will be waiting for you upon your arrival.

By registering for this event, I give my permission for NAPBIRT, Inc. to use, without limitation or obligations, photographs, film footage, or tape recordings which may include my image or voice for the purpose of promoting or interpreting NAPBIRT programs and services.

I waive all claims for damage and/or loss to my person or property which may be caused by an act, or failure to act of NAPBIRT, it's officers, directors, agents, or employees and the hosts and clinicians. I understand that there are inherent dangers in working with tools and repairing instruments and I assume the risk of all dangerous conditions in and about such clinics and waive any and all specific notice of the existence of such conditions.

This course is SOLD OUT
If you would like to have your name added to the waiting list in case of a cancellation, please send an email to: or call the NAPBIRT Office: 309.452.4257.