Are you planning a memorial?
For more than 30 years, we’ve helped people to create unique and personal hand-carved memorials. This continues a centuries-old tradition of marking a life in stone with hand-carved lettering and beautiful design.
Designing the appropriate memorial and finding the right artist begins with a conversation. We talk over the phone, or in person, about what sort of memorial you would like. Memorials by artists are as varied as people, and can be simple or highly decorative. With your needs in mind, we review our register of 75 artists - peer approved by master letter carvers. We’ll help you to choose an artist who will work closely with you to design and create your memorial.
The Right Choice
Whether you have only a nugget of an idea of what kind of memorial you’d like, or have a more detailed plan, we can help. Our experienced advisers will guide you through the process of choosing an artist and the memorial's installation. Our register of artists includes only the finest letter carving artists in the UK. We also have publications available, with photos of memorials to help to inspire.
FIRST IDEAS AND THE Drawing
Once you’ve chosen your letter carving artist, you’ll talk to them by phone or email or visit their studio to discuss your ideas. Your artist will then do two or three scale drawings and give you cost estimates. This is a collaborative process, and you are encouraged to make comments and suggestions on the drawings. Once you approve a design and costs, and it has been approved by your church or cemetery, you’ll receive a timing schedule.
The Carving Process
Having prepared the stone, the artist traces the design and each letter is carefully spaced, creating rhythm and beauty. Only when the design is absolutely perfect will the artist commit hammer to chisel.
Installing your Piece
Once your memorial has been completed, your artist can install it for you. This ancient tradition, sometimes called ‘fixing’, ensures the stone is positioned in the best possible manner. Many people like to come to the installation, and artists welcome this.