Thoughts on Design from a Letter Carver

It’s really special when an artisan can design something profound in a tight discipline. In a world where bling draws the spotlight, I’m always thankful for someone who can craft an extraordinary wine, shotgun, handplane, or chair. Here’s a short video about Martin Wenham, a letter carver who offers some insights about design. Take a moment to savor his thoughts and work. I’d like to thank Dave Fisher for sending me this link.



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3 responses to “Thoughts on Design from a Letter Carver

  1. curt seeliger

    One of the things I like about letter carving is that it requires so much control. A small fraction of a millimeter in the body can be the difference between a well formed and malformed letter that looks like it was written in crayon. There is so much risk involved that it’s almost the craftsmanship of managed catastrophe.

    I’m not a big fan of the sort of paper calligraphy he is pursuing in his work, but he does it so well. The surface treatments of color and texture, and the sensitivity to the letter forms in his designs is really outstanding.

    And I want to try using a crowned flat like he does — that’s a neat idea.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Wow, I’m pretty new to woodworking (only about a year or two) and I had no idea that someone would be able to be this talented at hand carving letters.
    Very very very cool.

  3. Great piece. Really enjoyed watching this.