I was recently contacted by a guy seeking some initial tuition in learning how to letter-carve. As I was nearby I called in to see him and ran through a few basics. As I was there I realised how important it is to master the following:
- Proper preparation of the letters – spacing and shape. Need to draw on paper first and then transfer to the surface of the stone.
- Need to keep stem widths even throughout
- Attention to terminals
- Close attention to characteristics of each letterform.
- Build/make yourself a frame so can cut standing – not hunched over a bench.
Happy to answer questions – and also browse the blog for other entries on letter-carving.