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Old 05-30-2015, 03:07 PM   #1
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I finally bought a set of lettering chisels

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Just like Christmas morning ! Can't wait to see some of your work

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Sweeet, I contacted the place where you got those. They don't deal in the larger stone tools. I can get it directly from Guillet, but they don't take credit cards and an international money order tacks $40 on the order. Going to have to live without them.
BUT, I did just order this from Gibson. A few chisels too.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFFcgFfuS9I
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I missed that two day letter cutting workshop this past week in VT. It looks like it will be trial and error for now. The chisels have a good feel to them and seem to be well made too. I bought a roll of transfer paper and very good letter cutting book that has Trajan lettering in it, so I can get rolling right away.

Gibson - they make some quality tools. They custom made a monster bush hammer that looked like it would be great for large irregular stone..I may order that one. The carving tool looks nice to use and quiet too without the compressor running. I'm looking forward to seeing how you like it.
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I'm sure you've seen this one before

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That's the method I learned to letter in. A nice detail is to paint the letters black with gold paint in the deepest part of the groove, makes things pop quite a bit. My cousin use to so that for monuments...not sure how long it lasts but it's nice when first done
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I had seen it but thanks for posting the vid...I forgot to save it to favs.
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My Cod! I would go insane. That is incredible.
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It takes a little bit getting used to holding the chisel in your curled finger rather than in your palm, and holding the mallet by the head rather than by the handle.

Is that what you were splitting that stone for?

Where do you buy transfer paper anyway? Arts supply or office supply. Haven't come across it yet. Only time I've done lettering was drawn by hand and my letters never looked the same twice. freakin Ohs were near impossible
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I got everything from John Neal Bookseller, out of Greensboro,NC....including transfer paper. Stone splitting...you mean the FB pic? That was for some big chimney caps I was setting on a 100 year old stone chimneys I worked on. It actually would have made for some nice practice pieces.
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Weird, thought I just posted this. Must have hit the wrong button.
Anyway, Matt. Get some 1 1/2" or 2" bluestone tread drops. It's a very forgiving material, great to learn on.
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Also speaking of new toys, I pulled the trigger on a used MT52 yesterday. Coming in a few days.
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I got everything from John Neal Bookseller, out of Greensboro,NC....including transfer paper.
Hi Matt,
Is the chisel set from John Neal as well? (Looks like a different brand they have advertised on their web site...)
Which book did you buy?
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Is the chisel set from John Neal as well? (Looks like a different brand they have advertised on their web site...)
Which book did you buy?
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John, yes, I wondered the same thing but they are the same... Univers chisels are made by Guillet. I got Lettercutting in stone by Richard Grasby...it's more like a workbook and it's got nice scale letters to practice with, specifically, Trajan Roman type. Have you done any lettering?
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Weird, thought I just posted this. Must have hit the wrong button.
Anyway, Matt. Get some 1 1/2" or 2" bluestone tread drops. It's a very forgiving material, great to learn on.
Thanks Karl, I'll keep that in mind. I have a stone yard nearby and they had some fine grained sandstone and granite that looked like it would cut nicely. I plan on pecking away asap!
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John, yes, I wondered the same thing but they are the same... Univers chisels are made by Guillet. I got Lettercutting in stone by Richard Grasby...it's more like a workbook and it's got nice scale letters to practice with, specifically, Trajan Roman type. Have you done any lettering?
Thank you sir.
I've only played around with lettering a little, never really set my mind to learning properly... I'd love to take a course and learn from someone well versed in the craft, but I've yet to hear of anything being offered close by. (Perhaps I'll see you next Spring in VT)
In the mean time, I do plan on buying at least a couple of chisels and a book or two to have some fun. If I can become proficient enough, I think it would be a great skill to have to keep occupied during all the slow time we all seem to have.... Ha!
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I'm a rank hobbyist also. Better than some NOWHERE near professional standards. I've taken 2 classes. It's a LONG road. The pros in the video make it look so easy. It can get frustrating.
I'm finding that being good at drafting/caligraphy will help A LOT. But one of the best letter cutters out there says he can't layout letters to save his live. He just cuts them.....and does a very good job. Like 1/2 of DC it seems.
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His boss on the other hand is an amazing artist in ink and stone.
I'm honored to call this guy a friend.
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This should get you motivated to practice practice practice
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Im familiar with their work and I correspond with a couple guys that apprenticed there.

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