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Graham Short has spent almost half a century honing his craft, going to physical and mental extremes to produce the highest-quality artefacts in the world. Master craftsman Graham Short was born in Birmingham in 1946, into a family with serious engraving pedigree: an ancestor was Sir Francis Short, the renowned Victorian hand engraver. After serving a six-year apprenticeship at the country's premier engraving company Efficiency Tool under the tutelage of the master engraver Bill Evans, Graham set up as a one-man engraving business in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter in 1974, soon developing a client list including the Royal Household, the Scottish Parliament, The National Gallery, Rolls Royce, gunmakers James Purdey & Sons, Chanel and Vivienne Westwood.


Graham's desire to produce an engraving so small as to be illegible to the naked eye led to the making of his masterpiece The Lord's Prayer Engraved on the Head of a Gold Pin, which can only be seen properly through a powerful microscope. After a national newspaper discovered Graham’s genius the demand for his work was immediate. His first fine art show was an instant sell out. For his next project Graham produced “Cutting edge”, where he engraved “Nothing is Impossible” on the sharp edge of a razor blade. As a result Graham hit instant global celebrity status. Graham has now become one of the most talented living artists in the world.