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Letter carving for the home and garden - 10 beautiful designs

Lettering in stone can look stunning in a garden setting. Examples of our work include slate obelisks and garden wall plaques. Hand carved lettering in stone can also be used for sundials, bird baths, benches and water features.

Letter carving has a very special place in the home and garden. Letter carving pieces often take the form of a wall plaque, which might serve as a memorial or to commemorate a special occasion or person, but hand carved lettering in stone is so versatile that it can be applied in many other situations in the garden or home. For example a sundial, bench, or bird bath could be personalised with lettering. Lettering can be integral to the design if you are starting from scratch, and the possibilities are endless.

You do not have to be restricted to sharp edges either; stones can be sanded down into a rounded "pebble" shape which is very tactile for example. Other ideas are fountains, where the stones around the fountain or even the stone behind the water can be carved with an inscription.

Letter carving in the garden not only makes the garden more intimate and personal, but also invites visitors to come closer and read the words, drawing them to explore the garden more closely.

garden wall plaque
garden wall plaque painted
sundial in slate
obelisk in the garden with lettering

lettering on obelisk
lettering in slate for the garden
lettering for the garden in Hopton Wood stone
wall plaque for the garden in slate
caslon lettering at the Whittington Press
Fergus W
Written by

Fergus Wessel

Designer and letter-carver

Fergus created Stoneletters Studio in 2003, after training at the Kindersley Workshop. He is a member of the prestigious Master Carver's Association.