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I am a letter carver based on the Hertfordshire/Essex border, creating hand drawn and hand cut lettering in stone and wood.


I first trained as a calligrapher and have been cutting letters since 2008. I mostly works to commission, making memorial stones, stones for gardens, birdbaths, benches, plaques and house signs. I also create my own work for exhibition and for sale.



I trained as a calligrapher and bookbinder at Roehampton University from 2006-07. This gave me a strong background in lettering, which then enabled me to train with the letter carver Tom Perkins from 2007-08. I have also worked with several other letter carvers to further increase my knowledge and experience.


I set up my own workshop in 2011. From 2017-2020,I was based at The Forge studios in Digswell Hertfordshire. I am now at Parndon Mill, Harlow, set in the beautiful countryside on the river Stort. 


I also regularly teach letter carving and calligraphy workshops for both beginners and those with more experience.


RECENT WORK



I am continually developing my ideas about lettering which feeds into both my commissioned work and personal pieces.


Here are some of my recent items which include memorial stones, gilding, relief carved lettering and an inscription inside Felsted Church, North Essex.


My Studio



I am based at Parndon Mill, Harlow, in the Essex/Hertfordhsire countryside. A number of craftspeople, artists and designers have studios there, making it a supportive and inspiring environment to work in.









Clients are very welcome to visit me at my studio where we can discuss requirements and view examples of my work and samples of stone. Please contact me to arrange an appointment.

CONTACT DETAILS

Parndon Mill,

       Harlow,

       Essex. 

      CM20 2HP

simonlangs@hotmail.co.uk

07701 027 042

LATEST NEWS


July 2020:

I have completed carving the sweet chestnut obelsik and it has now been installed at St Michaels Hurst development in Bishop's Stortford. Please see the dedicted page on my website in the work tab.


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Welwyn Garden City, the sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies is casting 7ft tall a bronze statue of Ebenzer Howard. I have been asked to design and carve an inscription around the base of the statue. Work has begun on the design; watch this space for updates on my progress!

EVENTS


I will be attending the following events, demonstrating letter carving and selling my work:

8th-11th October 2020: Living Crafts, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.


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