First Month (and a bit) On The Job

I’ve been an apprentice lettercutter for a bit over a month now, and I can confidently say I’m still really enjoying it. Every day brings a new challenge, a new skill to learn, another unexpected facet of the job. 


One project that has consumed a lot of our time recently is the carving and fixing of a giant caithness stone table, which was to be placed in a client’s garden.


The table, which was six feet wide and over 700 lbs in weight, had to be rolled several meters then flipped onto a large track where it was slid/carried to its brick base.


It was a massive bit of stone and it took four of us to get it where it needed to be, but the whole fixing was a huge learning experience and presented some very interesting problems to solve. 


The other big event was planning and hanging the Alphabet Museum show at the Lettering Arts Trust gallery at Snape Maltings. The show was curated by my teacher Eric Marland.


I’d never hung a show before, much less a show consisting mostly of stone. We used so many different methods of mounting and fixing that it ended up being a bit of a fixing masterclass.


There was so much great work in the show from several different countries, and though it was certainly hard work to hang, I think it came out great. The Lettering Arts Trust always hosts great shows and this one is no exception!