Hand Lettercutting in Stone
Essentially, commissioning work involves a two way interaction between
the client and the artist.
These serve two important functions. The first is for clients to give an
idea of what they have in mind. Some will have a clear sense of what
they want from the beginning, but for most, this will evolve as they
discover what is available to them. The second is to give clients an idea
of what is possible. Peter will advise on lettering styles, symbols, overall
design and suitable materials, usually providing samples of stone to help
with this choice. When he can, he will also visit the proposed location. At
this stage he will give an estimate of cost.
Following the initial enquiry and consultation, Peter will supply a scale
drawing to be looked over by the client. Where changes are required,
these will again be submitted to the client for final appoval before work
Once the design has been approved, a firm price will be supplied and a
deposit will become payable, the balance to be paid on completion. This
price will cover all costs involved, including design, carving, all materials,
transportation, and, if needed, fixing.
Fixing the Stone
Wherever possible Peter will carry out the fixing of the stone himself and
include this service in the total price.
If the piece is to go into a church graveyard or cemetery he will be happy
to liaise on behalf of the client with the appropriate church and local
authorities about specific permissions or regulations regarding sizes and
content of memorials or any additional processes that may need to be
Commissioning a Stone