Medium: Virginia slate . 101 yr old oak from the artist's land
• 68" hi
• Bas relief stone carving of crow with v-incised Trajan letters into 2" thick slate--carved the old way with hammer and chisel.
• To the floor, solid oak leaning easel.
• The stone has been signed by the artist on the reverse.
• All work comes with a card detailing the process.
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ABOUT HAND CARVED LETTERS
There is something wonderfully sublime about a hand cut letter.
Many practice letters are painted and a scale
model is made before I even begin to paint
the letters on the stone.
Letters hand carved are very much a lost art.
What one commonly sees today are sandblasted letters
using mechanical methods(rubber templates and very little time)
They are static and still, and to this artist's way of thinking,
have no soul.
Keeping the letters alive by first painting the letters
with brush and then carving the letters with hammer and chisel.
This is how it was done in Greek and Roman times.
When visiting old graveyards, hand carved
v-incised letters can still be seen.
This is an example of Trajan letter forms based on
the letters found on Trajan's column in Rome, Italy.