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Eric Marland

carved lettering in stone and wood

Architectural, domestic and memorial lettering for commission or reproduction. Exhibition pieces of pithy sayings, poems and alphabets also available.

Although the majority of my commissions as a letter carver are of a fairly straight forward nature; opening plaques, headstones, house names and numbers, I always enjoy the element of problem solving which inevitably exists. Often the text required doesn’t fit easily into the space allowed,and sometimes quite a few design possibilities are considered in consultation with the client before an acceptable solution is found. It is perhaps because of the satisfaction I derive from this interaction between letters and form,(where ideally neither is dominant but one informs the other), that, when given complete freedom such as in an exhibition piece, I often find myself choosing a random piece of material from nature, (such as the many pebbles and boulders I carve), and then playing with the text until a happy marriage has been arranged.

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