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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (3 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861268793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861268792
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Perkins was introduced to drawing Roman capitals in his early teens by his art teacher, kindling an enthusiasm for lettering that led to a training in calligraphy at Reigate School of Art and Design. From 1976 he began letter carving at his studio in London and in 1982 he set up his own workshop at Sutton in Cambridgeshire. Tom has taught lettering and letter carving at the Roehampton Institute until 1997 and at West Dean College. He is a fellow of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, Temenos Academy, The Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

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Letter carving in Britain as practised by artist-craftsmen at the beginning of the twenty-first century is gaining new popularity against a background of decades of sparse educational opportunities in this field. Read the first page
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Carver's Dummy on 16 May 2007
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Tom Perkins is one of the finest modern practitioners of the art and craft of letter-carving in stone, and is also an experienced teacher. These attributes combine to make an ideal author for such a book. Although personal tuition is always desirable, there is enough detailed information and encouragement here for those with an interest in trying their hand to learn for themselves how to cut an inscription, and plenty of guidance on design. The initial resumé of influential modern practitioners gives a valuable context into which those interested can place their work; and the hundreds of good illustrations - only a few full-page but none too small - draw on a wide range of inscriptions by the best of them and well exemplify the variety of scope, style, and inspiration, which makes this art so fascinating. It must be one of the best galleries of modern letter-carving in print; the author's own distinctive style is well represented but not promoted to the exclusion of others, and scattered throughout the book are illuminating statements by other practitioners relating to their illustrated works. Practical aspects are well covered, sometimes quite succinctly, with sections on tools, stone, working methods, memorials, gilding, and the proportions and rhythms underlying various letter forms (the sections on various forms of drawn lettering and variations make up a good third of the book), and pictures of working to illustrate and emphasise the techniques involved. The two pages of bibliography and list of useful addresses are also most valuable.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By paul on 18 Jun 2012
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I bought this book on the recommendation of others. After trying my hand at creating some carved pieces (faces and leaves) with Caen stone I wanted to have a go at letter carving. Many books relating to stone carving tend to be either vague or generalised. Not only does this large A4 sized book provide history and variation but it is straight forward in its approach to how to letter carve in different styles (Roman, italics et al). There are a mass of inspirational images of completed work from the hand of Perkins and others. I suppose the real problem is where to begin!
To sum up: this book is a real gem, a masterclass in what is achievable when letter working in stone. A fantastic aid for both novice and expert.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Monty's Dad on 12 Oct 2011
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What a fantastic book, it shows in an easy to understand way how to carve in stone and slate. The tools required to get you started are very few, I thought you would need much more!
I have already made a couple of signs for the garden and set out some lettering for a memorial stone. What a talented man Tom Perkins is, great photos and lots of examples
of other artists work. If you are looking for a book to show you how to get started, this is the one. Many thanks Tom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Tombs on 16 May 2014
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Beautiful pictures and great information for the beginner and intermediate letter carver. Learn from the master. Includes lots of information about the history of letter carving in the 20th century. I will refer to this time and time again. The book is beautiful enough for the coffee table and useful enough for the work shop. Tells you what tools to use and how, Hints and tips are plentiful. Truly an inspirational work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim Willemsen on 12 Nov 2009
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i think it s very helpful and not only for beginners.i ve been carving letters for a few years and i found lots of new tips and ideas.it s very user friendly and clear.
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By susan kelsall on 7 July 2014
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very pleased and prompt delivery
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