My letter carvings are made using traditional tools and techniques dating back centuries. Here’s how they're done:
The layout is planned on the computer.
The inscription is then transferred to the wood panel.
Carving begins with the straight lines, which are incised into the wood by hand using letter carving chisels and a mallet.
Next the curved elements are carved with razor-sharp gouges.
Gilding can enhance inscriptions in more formal settings. After the letters are coated with gilding glue, ultra-thin 23K gold leaf (about 1/1,000 the thickness of a sheet of paper) is applied to the wood with gilders' tools.
Finally, the surface of the panel is sanded and finished with several coats of Danish oil, which protects and enhances the beauty of the wood.