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Lettering Demonstration

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The best hand-cut letters are worked with a hammer and a sharp chisel about the width of the stem of the letter. This has to be done very steadily and carefully. It can take ten to thirty minutes to cut one letter, or even longer in some circumstances, but the result is far subtler and livelier than an inscription that has been cut by machine.

Click on the player below to see a demonstration of a single letter being drawn and cut by hand.

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