The workshop is an idea which emerged in 2010 after a long period of study into letter cutting by prominent figures in the Arts & Crafts movement such as Eric Gill, David Kindersley and later British letter cutters. I wanted to explore the carving of letters in stone using little more than a hammer and chisel.
Early in the process I became aware of how different a hand-cut inscription is when compared with a machine milled item. The process of selecting stone, laying-down an inscription and fine-tuning its detail by eye, then cutting by hand, nearly always produces a one-off, unique artwork which cannot be replicated.
Currently based in Cornwall, UK, I specialise in carvings in Delabole Slate – a fabulous stone local to Cornwall – which has a natural beauty which enhances any inscription cut into it. Slate in particular allows for accurate, sharp cutting making it perfect for most lettering applications.