A 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


• 60" hi, stone itself is 13 1/2 x 16 x 2" in thickness.

• V-incised letters into slate--carved the old way with hammer and chisel.

• Display stand and custom made lamp are included.

• Cold smithed steel with local cherry wood.

• Levelers on bottom of stand.

• Thumbscrew on reverse to secure stone to stand.

• Lamp has extra long cord with switch.

• The stone has been signed by the artist on the reverse.

• All work comes with a card detailing the process.

• A Trajan alphabet stone can also be commissioned 
as a wall mount for 2,400.00.(Email for details)
This includes a receiving bracket/hook for your wall.


Ships in 5 weeks


*Due to the complexity and shipping costs of heavy work,

pickup at studio is an option.

Please email before placing order,

and a link to this listing WITHOUT

shipping charges will be emailed to you

if so desired.


Free delivery within a 60 mile radius of Asheville NC.


Thank you, kindly.




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.

Trajan Alphabet Stone hand carved in slate

SKU: 364215376135191