My first response to the video Sharp as a Tack: Music Engraving, an Art and a Craft was to think, “And I call myself a music engraver . . .” I wish the film makers could have gone a little deeper into the process of laying out the page, establishing spacing and proportion, etc. The video resolution isn’t great so you can’t see how the engraver aligns elements. There must be preliminary ruled lines for beams and stems. Even assuming that, the skill and artistry of the engraver is astonishing!
It’s always good to know something about the history of our craft (whatever that may be). There’s a new site called The History of Music Printing which is a terrific survey of music print reproduction from the Medieval era to the present. Kudos to Rosendo Reyna for founding this project.