Hillside Cottage for Nita and Chris is finished. It’s carved on Purbeck thorn back limestone, about 400x455mm and took 47 hours to prepare the stone and carve. I actually timed this one! I didn’t time how long it took to design (seconds?!) and draw (16 hours?, much fiddling about). I owe thanks to my friends whose eye for letter spacing – Nathan, Angie, Penny, Geoff, David and skill in Photoshop fakery – David, helped me immeasurably. The key with any carving is first to have an excellent drawing. You can’t correct errors there later when carving, leastways I don’t have that skill, yet. What I have become much better at is error management and knowing what my particular tendencies are when carving, and when sharpening my chisels. So, I tend to carve the left side of the V too shallow and the right side too vertical, so the centre line wanders to the right unless caught early on. When sharpening I under sharpen the right side of the chisel, so the blade will slope up to the right unless corrected. TMI no doubt.