Letter Carving Basics
A long-time sign maker shares his carving techniques in a demonstration making the letter 'R'
T.J. McDermott has made a long career carving commercial signs. A long-time resident of outlet-mecca Freeport, Maine, McDermott’s work is evident everywhere you look. He produced many of the signs that hang above retail outlets and town landmarks in the area. His carving techniques often employ only two chisels, yet his mastery of the craft is evident to anyone who lays eyes upon his work.
In this video, McDermott demonstrates how to carve the letter ‘R.” This complex letter covers almost all of the techniques required to carve any other letter in the alphabet. For more tips on carving, read McDermott’s companion article from Fine Woodworking magazine.