Carving Traditional Serif Lettering in Capitals

2017-04-08T17:01:11-04:00 February 24th, 2013|

Have you every wanted to make you own hand-carved sign? Maybe as a gift? The letters "R" and "S" contain all the lines you need to learn the basics for carving the traditional serif alphabet in capitals.

  • Lesson Contents: single episode
  • Type of Wood: Basswood
  • Tool List: 3mm v-chisel; 6mm, v-chisel; #1, 14mm; #1, 20mm; #5, 14mm; #5, 18mm
  • Skill Level: Beginner

NOTE: Fonts are often copyrighted. Please research specific fonts before using them in carvings you intend to sell.

= More Lessons at the Basic Skill Level =


  1. Don January 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Mary: You say I will need a 3mm v-chisel and 6mm “v”, I understand that much but you seem to never indicate what angle chisel you are using. For example I have 45, 60 and 70 degree “v” chisels, which one should be used?

    • Mary May January 22, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Don,
      Sorry for not clarifying, but 100% of my v-chisels, no matter what size have a 60 degree angle.

      • Don January 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

        Thank you Mary.

        • Mary May January 25, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

          You’re welcome Don! Enjoy!

  2. Gary Herring April 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Brought to you by the letter R and S..

    • MaryMay May 4, 2018 at 2:15 pm - Reply


  3. daniel durkton January 21, 2019 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Hi Mary, On your letter carving lessons how do you draw the letter that you want to carve ? do you send a template of each letter? Or do I draw it freehand

    • MaryMay January 21, 2019 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Daniel,
      Unfortunately, I don’t go over the letter drawing process. That is an entire art in itself. You can get ideas of fonts from the computer (don’t use exact duplicate, as copyright can be an issue). Enlarge the letters to the size you want, and then customize them to make them your own. Use these letters as simply “guidelines” to letters.

  4. daniel durkton January 29, 2019 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mary!!!

    • MaryMay January 30, 2019 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      You’ver very welcome!!

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