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Drawn lettering & letter carving in Stone: Tom Perkins, Pieter Boudens & Eric Marland


About the Course

On this 6-day workshop, Tom Perkins will take you through the geometric properties and the construction of traditional Roman letterforms.

You will also discuss where the study of the classical Roman can lead, Pieter Boudens will show an alternative approach to letterform as seen from a Flemish perspective.

You will then be encouraged by Eric Marland to try carving the ideas and lessons you have gained, on three types of stone: limestone, sandstone and slate.

If you are a beginner, Eric will help you achieve the carving of a single letter or word… but a Shakespeare sonnet is not possible on this particular workshop. If you want to try a longer phrase, you can, but you will have to commit to trying just one type of stone.

If you are more experienced, you may be able to carve and finish a longer piece. However, we do prefer you to create fewer well-designed crafted letters, rather than many hastily drawn and executed ones.

All materials are provided and include fresh tea, coffee and biscuits all day.

Each day starts at 10 am and finishes approximately 5pm

This workshop is held at Eric Marland's lettercutting workshop a stone’s throw from Cambridge city centre. An atmospheric deconsecrated Victorian chapel, containing memorials by Keith Bailey, Will Carter, Kevin Cribb, Eric Gill, David Kindersley, Eric Marland, David Parsley, Tom Perkins and many others.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All classes will be from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm each day (including 1 hour for lunch break). Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided. Please make your own arrangements for lunch e.g. bring a packed lunch, or sandwiches, etc. can be bought from local shops (the nearest one is about 10-15 minutes’ walk away).

Health & Safety
Steel toe-cap boots/shoes - very important!
Please note we advise when working with stone, both protective foot wear (i.e. boots or shoes with steel toe caps) and eye protection should be worn. Safety glasses will be provided on loan for the workshop.


Lynne Alexander at The Lettering & Commemorative Arts Trust
The Old Chapel
All Souls Lane
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