So before I started this apprenticeship, I was essentially a self-taught lettercutter. I had a series of carving lessons with a local guy, read a bunch of books, and watched as many YouTube videos on the topic I could find (of which there are actually very few, and most consist of close-ups on the carvers hand, as opposed to what they are carving).
So it was really awesome to have Eric, my teacher/boss/guru, give me a proper top-to-bottom carving demonstration where I was able to annoyingly hover over his shoulder and ask a multitude of obvious, if not potentially stupid, questions. Luckily, Eric is a patient man, a great teacher, and a heck of a lettercutter.
Eric took me through the entire process of pouncing (transferring the letter I’d drawn to the stone) then carving, carefully explaing his approach and the best order in which to start carving. It was an extremely valuable lesson, and a great foundation to base my future carving skills on. Now all I have to do is do it a few thousand more times, and maybe then I’ll start approach “getting good.”