Letter Carving in Stone

Saturday March 23rd

10am – 4pm

Price £65, materials included

In this introductory course led by Rachel Gundry, there will be examples of the Roman alphabet to follow, and you will be shown how to draw your own letters and set them out on the stone. (Anyone who wishes to carve other motifs or illustrations on their stone can do that). There will be a demonstration of technique, introduction to tools, books and stone samples to look at. The stone used for carving will be Maltese limestone, especially suitable for beginners. You will be able to take away your stone carving at the end of the day. Maximum of 6 people on the course ensures a good amount of one-to-one input from the tutor.

Rachel Gundry has been working in art, design and lettering for many years. After leaving work as a designer in a stone-carving studio she learnt the craft of letter cutting and now makes headstones, house signs, and inscriptions for the garden. Other projects have been making slate benches and a sundial for a school garden, working with children to design their own letterforms, and preparing work for exhibition in the Chelsea Physic Garden.

“I love drawing and calligraphy, and it is very satisfying to carve your own lettering. Also to choose the words you wish to carve. I feel it is an art with infinite subtleties of expression. I strive to carry the spirit and energy alive from the drawn letter into the carving. Once a word has been carved into stone it becomes sculptural as the light falls across the surface.”

 

“Once a word has been carved into stone it becomes sculptural as the light falls across the surface.”