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Detail of lettering

This shows an inscription hand carved into Caithness sandstone. This material looks like slate but is in fact a sandstone from Scotland. It produces a very fine letter.

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Love is the whole

Red sandstone with copper leaf, patinated to go light blue.

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Favourite typefaces

Specimens of typefaces by Eric Gill
Specimens of typefaces by Eric Gill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eric Gill¬†¬†designed the Gill sans serif face. No, that is not my favourite. But I do love his Perpetua face. He also designed one called Joanna, named, I think, after one of his daughter’s.

I’m also mad about Baskerville, named after an 18th century British printer from Birmingham called, you’ve guessed it, John Baskerville.

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Another picture – this blog is about pictures of work

This shows work in progress on a stone I made for Eton College in the UK. I have now created a page mainly for pictures. There’s a link to it above. As time goes on this new page will expand…

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About me

My name is John Pitt. I live on the eastern seaboard of Australia in a tiny town called Terranora. I am British by birth and learnt lettercarving in the UK from a number of masters.

I have been a lettercarver, on and off, for about 20 years and been commissioned by architects, public institutions and individuals. But there is always something new to learn, to discover.

I also write.

Years ago I ran a private press, The Beeches Press, and published a few books letterpress, using a Monotype keyboard and caster and a Western proofing press.

None of them remain in print!

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Stone lettering

What’s that? This blog will answer that question. Come with me on a journey into hand-carved lettering on stone.