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17 Mar 2016
Workshop life

Letter Carving in Slate

Capturing in great detail, the carving of letter D in slate. This video gives you a feel for the fluidity of the chisel with the hand, and the accuracy and attention to detail that is required to carve letters by hand.

Capturing for the first time on my new lens, a detailed video of me carving a letter in slate. For amateur letter cutters I hope it helps, and for anyone else I hope you find it inspiring. Slate is my favourite material to cut; it behaves exactly as you expect, and you have complete control of the stone. You must be careful not to grip the chisel too hard and to keep relaxed, allowing the chisel to become almost an extension of the hand.

Fergus W
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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.