Years ago, many homes were christened by their architect, builder or first owner with a name that had its roots in someone's name or a nearby historic event. Now, you can continue this tradition.
Before You Start
Step 1: Trace Letters on Wood
Step 2: Carve the Letters
Step 3: Clean Up the Details
Select a font and font size that will fit your plaque, then print out a full-size version using your computer and printer. Consider using one of the older, traditional fonts; they tend to be easier to carve since they were created in a time when letters were designed to be carved. We used a 300 point-size Times New Roman.
Use carbon paper to trace the letters onto your plaque, or cut out each letter and trace around it. Add a flora or fauna motif—we chose fish—using the same technique.
Use a V-shaped chisel to create the letters, cutting down the center of each letter in gradually deeper passes.
Use a straight chisel to refine the details, working from the outer perimeter towards the center. For best results, work with the beveled edge of the chisel facing upward.
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