Planning a memorial?
Let us help you create the memorial you want
For more than 30 years, we’ve helped people create the hand-carved lettered memorial that feels right for them and their loved one. We’re proud to continue a centuries-old tradition of marking a life with hand-carved lettering, carved into stone with precision and sensitivity by letter carving artists.
Choosing the right piece begins with a conversation. We talk over the phone, or in person, about what sort of memorial you want. Memorials by artists are as varied as people are, and can be simple, or highly decorative. With your needs in mind, we review our 75 master letter carver-approved register of artists. We’ll help you choose an artist who will then work closely with you to design and create your memorial.
The Right Choice
Only you know what feels right for your loved one, and you want to make 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. We have experienced advisers to guide you through the process, and our register includes only the the finest letter carving artists in the UK - all are master letter carver approved and vetted. We also have publications available to buy in the shop, with photos of memorials to help inspire.
A Drawing Estimate
Once you’ve chosen your letter carving artist, you’ll chat to 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, 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
Your artist will either trace each letter or write them directly onto stone; each letter carefully spaced to create rhythm and beauty for your memorial. Only when the letters are absolutely perfect will the artist commit a hammer to the chisel and start to cut beautifully precise and lasting letters.
Installing your Piece
Once your memorial has been completed, your artist can install it for you. This is an ancient tradition, sometimes called ‘fixing’ and ensures the stone is positioned in the best possible manner. Many people like to come to the installation, and our artists welcome this.
Meet our artists
We have 75 of the very best letter-carving artists in the UK on our register
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.