Our work: Headstones
Please be inspired by these unique, hand carved headstones. All of our headstones are entirely hand made, therefore anything is possible.
When one speaks of a hand-carved headstone, it is important to remember that the carving process is only a stage in the making process. These high-quality headstones are designed by hand, masoned by hand, drawn out by hand, and cut by hand. In fact, the only item of machinery in the workshop is a dusty old radio.
Why by hand? Because it is slow and precise. The stages of creating a headstone are worked with great care. We have yet to be introduced to a machine capable not only of the great precision required but possessing the ability to slightly distort a letter to improve the letter spacing. Hand-carved lettering will always have life, energy, and versatility. The quiet mallet and chisel are infinitely more precise than machinery and letter spacing and letterforms are judged by eye, not by computers or rulers. A letter cutter is both a craftsman and an artist; each headstone produced in the workshop must be flawless, beautiful, and unique.
Finally, why do it by machine when drawing and carving by hand are such pleasurable activities? read more on hand-carved headstones
Choice of headstones
We have no catalogue with which clients choose a set or specific design. Almost anything is achievable. Size, materials, and letterforms are not limiting factors except when it comes to abiding with cemetery regulations. We do however have a new book: Headstones- advice & inspiration, featuring over 150 photographs and 180 pages, it is a unique resource that will guide and inspire you. Visit stoneletters.com/book to purchase a copy; all profits go to charity. For more articles containing advice and inspiration on choosing a headstone please visit our headstone guide.
We work closely with you to understand your wishes and involve you at all stages of the work in order to produce in a fitting tribute to your loved one. read about commissioning
Headstone materials and the environment
We are concerned with the appearance and protection of British churchyards and strive to produce headstones that are sympathetic to their surroundings, using British material where possible. read more on materials
Bespoke & Unique Headstones
In the truest sense, our headstones are bespoke and unique; no two headstone designs are the same, and indeed this is what we enjoy about the work. Each commission is a new start, a new chance to produce something fine and unique. read more on headstone design
Many of our headstones are very traditional and sit very well in our British Churchyards. At the same time, some of our more contemporary headstones are still made in the traditional manner under direct influence of masters such as Eric Gill and Richard Kinderlsey. For further examples of our headstones for graves visit this blog post.
Choosing the headstone wording
I have compiled a list of epitaphs and helpful articles to help you choose the right words.
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.
We were always confident (from our very first meeting) in your ability to guide us in finding the right slate, and that the carving would be fitting – and now the resultant finished stone is just right.
Thank you for helping us to get to the right decision, without hurrying us, even though some 5 years have passed between our first contacting you and the date the stone was eventually erected at St. Paul’s churchyard.
We are grateful for your understanding of the process we were all going through, for your dedication to agreeing on the right words, font and spacing, and lettering.
Although the result is very simple, your craftsmanship has ensured that it is a perfect and fitting memorial to a wonderful husband and father. The quality of your work is exceptional, and David would have thoroughly approved, as a fellow perfectionist.
Thank you Fergus, David would have approved of the headstone, and of you too.
Anne George, 25 September 2019
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