Elements of Lettering lettering, typography, alphabets, stonework

The Beauty of W

W. Poor thing. It has no place in the classic Roman script. A bastard letter. V + V = W. Nevertheless it can be transformed into one of the most beautiful of letters when carved in stone – also one of the most difficult. The intersections cause beginners the most trouble and often lead to the most appalling breaks. This is my most recent effort, from the Still Life carving which is  in progress. I hope to show you the various letters as they are cut. Note in this example the chisel marks left on the ‘wall’ of the letter – a sure indication of the human touch. No machine can replicate that. It is the very music of the hand and chisel as it moves through the stone.

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