A timeless skill learnt from the Romans, letters are drawn, painted or traced on to stone, slate or wood before being cut, or carved in relief, with a chisel and a dummy (a kind of mallet). Each letter can take half an hour, or longer. Before cutting, the letter carver designs the letterform, layout and spacing. Through this creative process the artist gives life to the work which is not possible with a machine.
Support letter carvers skilled in this ancient art when considering commissioning a plaque, a bench or a bird bath