How to Carve a Letter – Part 2

The next video in our ‘How to Carve a Letter’ sequence. Dust off the chisels and have a go!

Hi again. If you’re watching this video, I’ll assume that you’ve already seen ‘How To Carve a Letter Part 1’. In Part 1, we carved a groove into a piece of SignFoam. Today, we’re going to carve another groove, but this time, it’ll have square ends on it. So, it’s really just the same thing as a sans serif capital ‘I’.

Alright, so here’s our board, all masked and ready to go. And, once again, I’m going to be using the same tools as I used last time; a chisel, a V-Tool, and a small piece of sandpaper. So first, I’m going to make some guide lines with the V-Tool. Now, it’s important to know just where the lines are going to go in every letter that you carve. That’s something that comes with practice, but in this case, it’s very easy.

Now, just like last time, I’m going to start in the centre with my chisel and I’m going to work my way out towards the edges. Notice how I’m keeping the bevel of the chisel up at all times, as I carve. Now, on the ends of the groove, you have to angle the chisel like this and bring it into the corner, nice and gentle, and that’s how we get that nice, square-looking end on there. I do that little trick every time I get to the end of a letter. It just keeps everything crisp and clean. As I carve it’s important not to get overzealous and dig too deep into the bottom of the letter. Just keep it nice and easy. Once again I’ll just finish it off with a bit of a sand, with a piece of sandpaper, and now I’m done. So, in the next episode, we’re going to carve a capital ‘R’ – a bit more complex and challenging, it has a curve in it as well, but I have no doub that you’ll get the hang of that too.

So, until then, all the best!