Inscriptions in Stone have played a vital role in preserving the culture and history of mankind. Since the high achievements of Roman letter carving in the second century AD there have been periodic revivals of classical Roman letters, most significantly during the Italian Renaissance. At the beginning of the twentieth century there was also a renewal of interest in classical Roman capitals, combined with the rediscovery of edged-pen calligraphy stemming from the Arts and Crafts Movement initiated by William Morris. Two figures stand out in leading this lettering revival in Britain: the calligrapher Edward Johnston and the letter carver Eric Gill. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, there is once more a resurgence of interest in letter carving.
The Art of Letter Carving in Stone gives detailed practical instruction for the novice letter carver. The techniques of V-incising letters in stone are explained and illustrated in detail. Information about types of stone and tools, is provided, as is a comprehensive, fully illustrated explanation of drawing different lettering styles suitable for carving. Several projects are included showing how to put these processes Into practice.
For the more experienced, there are guidelines for the design of letterform variations and a groundbreaking alternative proportioning system for Roman capitals. There is also instruction on designing, making, painting and gilding inscriptions. preparing simple fixings, and laving our and designing headstones and plaques.
A unique feature of the book is the accounts of practising later carvers, giving an insight into how they approach their work. The book concludes with a comprehensive gallery of contemporary letter carving which gives an overview of the interesting and varied work being produced today.
Tom Perkins was introduced to drawing Roman capitals in his early teens by his art teacher, kindling an enthusiasm for lettering that led to a training in calligraphy at Reigate School of Art and Design.
From 1976-77 he began letter carving in stone with Richard Kindersley at his studio in Kennington, London.
In I982, after letter carving in London for several years, he set up his own workshop at Sutton in Cambridgeshire. He has carried out a wide range of work including public art commissions, large-scale signs for buildings, memorials, plaques and work for exhibition. He has taught lettering and letter carving at the Roehampton institute until 1997 and at West Dean College, and more recently for the Memorial Arts Charity, and in the USA and Japan.
He is a Fellow of the Calligraphy and lettering Arts Society. Temenus Academy, The Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. He is also a member of Letter Exchange and the Art Workers Guild.
The Art of Letter Carving in Stone portrays the beauty of this age-old craft alongside practical instruction. Written by an eminent practitioner and teacher, it guides the novice through the basics of letter carving, drawn lettering. and making simple designs, and for the more experienced, it explains a new proportioning system for classical Roman capitals and demonstrates a useful approach to designing letterform variations. This beautiful book illustrates a wide range of exciting and creative pieces, and celebrates the inspiring work of contemporary- letter carvers.
- The development of twentieth-century letter carving
- Detailed instruction for V-incising the key strokes of letters
- Tools, materials, stone and making a letter carving easel
- Drawing a range of alphabets for use in letter carving
- Making inscriptions, gilding and painting letters, and simple fixings for inscriptions
- Designing headstones and plaques, house names, alphabets and poetry texts.
1st edition, 2007, Hb, 192pp, full colour throughout, 22.3 x 28.5 cm