What is life like for a craftsman in Britain working as a stone carver and sculptor? Tom Clark trained as a monumental mason and then an ecclesiastical mason. Now he has a varied portfolio, working on commissions and his own projects…
Dave and Lynwen are just back from a week long filming road trip in the south of England. We met up with some really inspiring craftsmen along the way; some of England’s finest woodworkers and England’s “last surviving” Clog Maker. But first call was to Tom Clark’s workshops in Somerset.
Ieuan demonstrates his simple technique for sharpening tungsten tipped chisels.
Beware. His method to test for sharpness is definitely not for the squeamish!
“I’m doing what I want to do everyday now, which is important to me. I’d certainly recommend people to do it as an occupation”.
In this third video, Ieuan discusses calligraphy and it’s relationship to letter carving
kallos graphos (Greek) means “beautiful writing”
A topical subject for those followers of the sport of Rugby and particularly the fortunes of the Welsh team. In this video, Ieuan Rees shares his thoughts about design.
“Ieuan Rees may not be known to many people in the outside world, within his own craft he is respected world-wide as among the very best calligraphers and carvers of slate and stone now working.” [Carmarthenshire Life]
In this first series of short films with Ieuan, we focus on stone carving.
We have several short films in the pipeline with world renowned calligrapher, letter designer and hand carver of lettering in stone – Ieuan Rees.