About letter carving

about my letter carving

roundel detailTo pick up a hammer and chisel and work with these simple primitive tools, tools which would have been instantly recognisable to the pyramid builders of ancient Egypt, the sculptors of meso-America, or the lettercutters of Rome, with a material as elemental as stone, is a special privilege and pleasure. For stone is timeless, mythic in its quality and character. Emerging from the deep past, it brings with it a profound sense of connectedness, of a continuity. It embodies for us something of what we are, our origins, and our destination. In looking at, and experiencing, a finely carved memorial or standing stone, one is reminded of the unique value of a human life, and a dignity in death. In a personal memorial we express our love; with the public memorial we sense an ineffable spiritual presence in the standing stone, a pointer to a larger world extending beyond our individual lives.

I undertake commissions for stone-carved memorials and inscriptions on a regular basis; both public and private occasions, whether headstones, memorial plaques or other letter-sculpture. The types of stone are normally restricted to local or indigenous types of sandstone, limestone or slate, all of which exist in myriad varieties, textures and colours. Examples of public memorials include the Captain Cook Memorial restoration situated in Stewart Park, Middlesborough, and the Newton Aycliffe War Memorial, County Durham.

All work is undertaken on a one-to-one personal contact basis, with each design being the realisation of the client’s wishes wedded to my own aesthetic ideals of controlled craftsmanship and well-balanced design.

Geographical areas are inclusive; with the development of the complex carrier networks of our modern transport systems, stones can be transported overnight to anywhere in the U. K. Therefore there need be no restriction on accessibility. Stones are invariably fixed, and any work undertaken on site by an experienced monumental mason located locally.

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