Planning a decorative piece?

Let us help bring your ideas to life

People commission a decorative work for all sorts of reasons, a marriage, a birth, a special birthday or a 'just because' gift for a loved one. The clarity, precision, and beauty of hand-carved lettering have meant it has long been used to inscribe names, dates, poems and prose on stone, metal or wood. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped people choose the decorative piece that is right for them. It all starts with a conversation – either by phone, or in person. We guide you through the process of selecting a letter carving artist and are always on hand should you have any questions.

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The Carving Process

Whether it’s a large garden plaque or a small sundial you’ve commissioned, your letter-carving artist will carefully trace or write directly onto your chosen material, the letters, and any images, of your agreed design. Only when the letters and images are absolutely perfect will your letter-carving artist commit a hammer to the chisel and start to cut beautifully precise and lasting letters.

Installing your piece

Many decorative works won't need any specialist installation advice, but your artist will talk you through everything you need to know before your piece is delivered.

The Right Choice

Once we have an idea of what sort of piece you’d like to commission, we review the 75 master letter carver-approved artists on our register. We’ll help you select the right artist for you. It is this artist who will work closely with you to design and create a decorative piece that will be admired for years to come.   

A Drawing Estimate

Once you’ve chosen your artist, you’ll chat with them by phone or email to discuss your ideas. From this, your artist will do two or three scale drawings and give you cost estimates. This is a collaborative process, with you free to make suggestions on the drawings. Once you approve a design and costs, you’ll receive a timing schedule.

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Meet our artists


All of whom are members of The Lettering Arts Trust. Some of these artists are featured here, but please call or email if you would like to see more. Our letter carvers are true lettering artists who invest much thought and consideration into every lettered commission they receive. It’s a great pleasure for us to promote their work, which has given, and continues to give, people such immense pleasure. Their beautiful pieces are sited throughout the UK, and at the Lettering Arts Centre.