Letters are a human creation, a product of the head, the hand and the eye. Beauty in lettering is achieved though a harmony of rhythm, balance and spacing. Lettering in stone and wood celebrates events in human lives, and in the case of memorials a life itself. Each finished piece should be unique, as individual as we are. I draw and cut letters by hand, using a pencil, a chisel and a mallet.
I cut letters is stone and wood, preferring native stones such as Welsh and Cumbrian slate and the limestones of the South coast. I like to work in most hardwoods, especially oak and sycamore. Sometimes these may be in turned forms such as bowls and breadboards but also in more distinctive waney edge pieces where the shape and markings of the material can strongly influence design.
I work mainly to commission creating memorials, plaques and commemorative items such as fruit-bowls, breadboards and paperweights. I feel that the relationship between the client and craftsman is an important one, challenging the maker and pushing them in new directions, leading to the creation of something truly unique.
I completed a 3 year apprenticeship at the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop in Cambridge before setting up my own workshop in Burwell, on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border in 2013.