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We are one of the UK's leading creative letter-cutting studios based in Oxfordshire

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Our Awards & Accreditations

Master Carvers Association logo 1
Shield 1
Good funeral award logo
Heritage crafts association
Lettering arts trust
Association of green funeral directors
Opt award
Society of heraldic arts
bespoke gravestone carving

What makes us special?

Bigger is not always better. We are a purposely small team of highly skilled stone carvers specialising in the making of fine headstones and relief carving. Lead by Fergus Wessel, we have many repeat clients and we are proud to have an established international reputation for reliability and fine quality of workmanship. We are quiet, gentle, and approachable; we all have our different strengths and together form a solid and talented team.

We are proud to have been chosen as one of three finalists in the Heritage Crafts Association Maker of the Year Award 2022.

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Fergus Wessel is an incredibly experienced letter carver. He set up Stoneletters nearly twenty years ago and has trained several apprentices. Clients, however, especially value his warmth, his compassionate approach, and his attention to detail.



Fergus wessel portrait

Designer and letter-carver

Fergus Wessel

James sheppard portrait


James Sheppard

Hannah wessel portrait

Paperwork and permits

Hannah Wessel

Tom wiggins portrait


Tom Wiggins

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Every member of our team strives for perfection, combining traditional techniques and tools with a fresh and open approach.

Est. 2002
Unparalleled workmanship & attention to detail

Why choose Stoneletters?

  • Experience : We have over 20 years' experience
  • Fergus's client centred approach
  • We have an outstanding reputation with many repeat clients
  • We love our work, and it shows
  • We listen to what you want
  • We have excellent client reviews
  • We are a small, close-knit team
  • We work all over the UK and the world
  • We are only 1 hour from M25 near Oxford

Why choose Stoneletters?

Thank you so much for creating such beautiful memorials for members of my family. From discussing initial ideas to delivery of the completed headstones I will be forever grateful for your sympathetic approach and superb craftsmanship.

Hugh Bonneville

Fergus carves with power & elegance. His work is forward looking but firmly rooted in traditional practice.

Loyd Grossman, OBE, FSA

Thank you so much for your skill, patience and support over the past few years whilst we agonised over finding the right words for David’s headstone.

Jill Archer

I know of no building from the prestigious Oxford College to the modest cottage that could not be improved by the addition of Fergus Wessel’s skill, attention and sensibility. He is in the great tradition of English stone cutters, stretching back to Eric Gill. As an architect, I have been privileged to have his contribution to a number of my buildings, and I regard him as one of the finest stone cutters in the country.

John Melvin, Architect and Town Planner

Stoneletters in May 2015 completed a large headstone for Guy & Lettie Benson in Stanway Churchyard, with Cumberland slate inset into Cotswold (Guiting) Stone, beautiful lettering and a carved scallop. The work was very well done.

The Earl of Wemyss & March Stanway Estate