Workshop News : Headstones
Clients often request for a gold sunken disc at the top of a headstone. This motif is timeless and has serenity. It means different things to different people, but it may represent unity, the cycle of life, perfection, stillness, and eternity. I like the way the disc reflects light on a sunny afternoon, and is also smooth to the touch.
The circle is carved by hand in slate. It is possible to carve a disc in limestone but I do not tend to gild this stone as often.
Posted on 12/03/13 • Read full article
Commissioning a memorial can be a very difficult and emotional process for most people. However a memorial should be a celebration of the life of a loved one, and provided the whole process is treated with sensitivity and compassion, the experience can be really helpful and comforting. My clients often write to me of the joy the finished memorial or headstone has given them, and how much the memorial reflects the character of their loved one. Achieving this is for me one of the most satisfying aspects of my work; getting it right. Translating what the client remembers of their loved one into stone when they do not always know at all what they want at first is always a challenge. I achieve this by listening to client and taking our time; it is a matter of team work. Quite often the client will have an idea of the design in their mind and it is up to me to make it work. Nothing is rushed, and indeed I usually encourage clients to wait at least a year or two after their loss before coming to me. Time enables the clients’ emotions to settle a little, and they gain more clarity about the sort of headstone or memorial they want
Posted on 12/01/09 • Read full article
Like most independent letter cutters, I normally install headstones using the traditional technique; that of placing between 25% and 30% of the total length underground. This method is opposed to the pin and plinth method, in which the headstone is set on a slab, usually made from the same material as the headstone; it is then held in position with a stainless steel rod penetrating the ground. It is my view that this does not look as elegant as the ‘in the ground’ method, it also make the maintenance of the levels difficult.
Posted on 11/01/09 • Read full article
The difference between headstone carving and headstone engraving is perhaps a grey area! I think however engraving tends to be linked to very fine carving such as this image of a baby in Hopton Wood stone. One relies on the weathering process to make its mark, and in time the moss, lichen and general bacteria will rest in the darker areas and enhance the contrast. A headstone should always improve with age.
Posted on 18/11/08 • Read full article