I take letter-carving work to commission and have done so for more than 30 years. Whether it is small works such as a house name or larger work with more resonance such as a memorial or a piece for an architectural setting, if words are worthy of being cut in stone then the consideration of the process is crucial, from the initial conversation, through a collaborative design process, choice of stone and cutting in the workshop and fixing. There is something both touching and resonant about being asked to make a memorial, with all the challenges that making a stone that reflects a person and a life entails. It is a source of achievement and fulfilment to have been able to make so many uniquely appropriate memorial stones over my working life.

Date: April 29, 2016