My hand carved Trajan Alphabet stone chiseled in slate--by hand--with hammer and chisel.
Title: Trajan Alphabet Stone (Made to order)
Medium: Virginia slate . Steel . Local cherry wood
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ABOUT ALPHABET STONES HAND CARVED LETTERS
There is something wonderfully sublime about a hand cut letter.
Alphabet stones, in particular.
However, they are incredibly challenging and time consuming.
Every letter must be perfect and yet it all must flow
and function as a whole.
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.