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Stone Lettering

Stone Lettering

Our team of stone lettering experts and highly skilled & has years of professional experience. Our letting work is meticulous & detailed.

Sculpture and Stone Lettering

What is Stone Lettering?

Stone lettering is a timeless form of art. Each letter is carefully carved by hand and it can take up-to 1 hour to complete one letter. The design and finished product cannot be replicated by using a machine. The skill of lettering takes many years to master, here at O’Flaherty Stone we are master lettering professionals. We invested many years shadowing Ireland’s best lettering mentors. Our owner, Killian, was mentored by Tom Little who is a well-known Irish lettering Master. Killian is an 8th Gen stonemason and although stonemasonry is in his blood, he is the first stone cutter. Learn more about the fascinating O’Flaherty Family below. 

WHAT WE OFFER

Hand-Cut Lettering

From €85 per letter

Our experts offer two stone lettering options – Hand-cut Lettering or Sandblasted Lettering. You can decide between stone lettering that lasts 30 years (sandblasted) or 3,000 years (hand-cut). We handcraft the design of each letter prior to any stone carving work. We then hand-carve each letter with exact precision in our natural granite stone. Our granite is sourced from Ballyknockan in the Wicklow Mountains.  Each lettering piece is a timeless form of art. Alternatively, we offer a more cost-effective solution that involves sandblasting. Get in touch to discuss your options. 

Stone Lettering

The Art of Hand-Cut Stone Lettering

Sculpture and Stone Lettering

Stone Carving

Lettering experts are both stone carvers & designers. They have the skills to create stunning designs that last a lifetime. The composition of each letter is uniquely determined by the master & is different for each project.

Sculpture & Stone Lettering

Calligraphy

The art of lettering begins with designing each individual letter by hand. The expert must have an in-depth knowledge of the art of calligraphy. The design of each letter is meticulously predetermined before starting the project.

Sculpture and Stone Lettering

Precision

Designing and hand-carving each letter requires an immense amount of concentration & precision. Precision links great design and skilled carving abilities. A true lettering expert can merge the two skills via precision to produce a timeless piece.

Why You Should Invest in Hand-cut Lettering?

We offer two options for Stone Lettering: Hand-cut Lettering and Stone blasted Lettering. The primary difference of each lettering technique lies in the longevity of the two. A sandblasted letter lasts roughly 30 years compared to Hand-Cut Lettering which can last longer than 3,000 years. Hand-cut letters are exactly what it says on the tin in that a stonemason will cut each individual letter and hence the cost of hand-cutting is considerably more than machine-cut/ sandblasted. Sandblasted letters are arrived at by producing a computer-generated stencil which is then placed on the stone and then blasted by minute particles of grit to form the inscription.

Why Does Hand-Cut Letting Cost More Than Sandblasting Lettering?

past, it is like we can sense the craftsmanship behind the art. Today, we offer both Sandblasted lettering and Hand-cut Lettering, but we are aware of the issues surrounding blasting as they need continuous up-keep and need to be re-blasted. You can take one look at a headstone from the 1700s where you can still see the inscription of the Hand-cut lettering clearly and perfectly.

Stone Lettering Techniques

V-CUT LETTERING

V-Cut is largely the most important technique behind lettering. This lettering approach is the quickest and simplest method of stone lettering. ‘Chasing, ‘Stabbing’ and ‘Chopping’ are the primary techniques commonly used. Stone experts tend to begin their lettering journey using the ‘Chasing’ technique and move onto ‘Chopping’ and ‘Stabbing’ as their skills increase. Here at O’Flaherty Stone, we are Stone Lettering experts. We are fully trained and skilled to use all the lettering techniques.

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Stone Lettering

RELIEF LETTERING

Relief Lettering is a stone lettering technique that produces letters that stand proud from the stone. They appear to rise from the stone. Using a range of tools, skills and approaches, relief carving produces reware and satisfaction when you stand back and see the light and shadow created by the carving. The approach is an effective method of lettering that brings the work to life. Giving the final product an unmatched finish.

Our Work

Why Choose O'Flaherty Stone?

We are 8th-generation Stone Masons/Stone Cutters based in Ballyknockan (“The Granite Village”). Nested in the Wicklow mountains, the O’Flaherty Family continues our historical family stone-cutting practices, keeping The Granite Village traditions alive. Our owner, Killian O’Flaherty, comes from a long line of stonemasons and is the family’s first stone cutter. He takes pride in his commitment to modernising the traditional industry. In 2023 Killian employed the first registered Irish female stonemason in over 30 years! Petra is Killian sister, together Killian & Petra are continuing their family’s practices in a modern and every changing world. 

oUR AWARDS

Nominated Craftsperson
Of The Year

S.P.A.B Heritage Awards, 2022.

World Skills
Finalist

World Skills Ireland, 2022.

National Sustainable
Heritage Award

S.P.A.B Heritage Awards, 2022.

Studio Award
Winner

Design & Crafts Council Ireland, 2022.

WE FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING

What Our Clients Say About Us

Sculpture
Mark Fitzpatrick
Mark Fitzpatrick
2024-05-14
Met Killian and the team on a few jobs, highly recommended. Great workmanship
Krzysztof Wlodarski
Krzysztof Wlodarski
2024-05-01
Thanks Killian and the team for excellent work. Very high standards, great results👍
Taryn Casey
Taryn Casey
2024-04-10
Excellent service and quality of work. 200 yr old steps look good as new. Highly recommend!
frances McNicholas
frances McNicholas
2024-04-02
Am very happy with the repointing job that Terence just completed on the brickwork at the front of my house. From the outset , I found O Flaherty Stone very easy to deal with. They were prompt, efficient and professional and I would have no hesitation engaging them again or recommending them to others.
Tara Galbraith
Tara Galbraith
2024-03-10
Had a great experience Killian was extremely helpful and friendly and made from scratch a headstone which exceeded our expectations. Would definitely recommend.
Gibson Builders Ltd.
Gibson Builders Ltd.
2024-01-03
Killian carried out a stone repair on a granite cill on one of our projects. Killian was a pleasure to work with, his knowledge of his craft is vast and he and Petra carried out the work to a very high standard.
Paul Proctor
Paul Proctor
2023-12-17
Killian and the team did a great job repointing our steps, as per their quote. We’ll be engaging them again to repair brickwork inside the house and on an exterior wall.
Liam Nagle
Liam Nagle
2023-12-12
Excellent job, delivered on time , safely with great workmanship and care. Would be happy to use Killian again.
Sadbh Collins
Sadbh Collins
2023-11-06
Pleasure to deal with Killian and his team. Good advice and options given and work was completed quickly and neatly.
Adrian Mcevoy
Adrian Mcevoy
2023-10-30
Excellent and professional company
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Location

Ballyknockan, Co.Wicklow

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8TH GEN STONEMASONS