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The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop

152 Victoria Road · Cambridge · CB4 3DZ · Telephone 01223 362170


The making

Lettercutters have to understand the material and its behaviour under the chisel. However, the technique of cutting is the start, not the end. The basic technique can be mastered comparatively quickly. Technically shaping a letter does not necessarily make a beautiful letter – it is the first vital step but it needs mental development and “feel”. The “feel” of what is right is as mysterious and the workings of mankind. What is right and which radiates the truth is intensely strong and convincing to those who listen, look and know.

Photograph of elaborate inscription being cut

Once a cut is made, it is made. It is there for ever for the world to witness. It has to speak for itself. We are responsible for our creations like Frankenstein. If we create a monster it will haunt us to the grave.

See also, Cutting techniques