About Simon Langsdale
I originally trained as a calligrapher before discovering the joy of drawing and carving letters by hand. I work in both stone and wood to commission with headstones and public art being my particular specialisms, but I also create my own work when time allows, with local history, landscape and historical lettering being the main influences on my work. The most important part of my practice is creating headstones and memorials. Having seen many times the affect on my clients when they see a completed hand-carved headstone to a loved, it is clear that letter carvers fulfil an important role in the grieving process. I am a great believer in the therapeutic and life changing benefits that letter carving can bring. I have many years experience of training and educating and I greatly enjoy passing on my skills and knowledge through workshops and one to one training. My eventual goal is to train an apprentice(s) and to establish a workshop practice that will continue for generations to come.
Headstones, plaques, public art, stones for gardens, training and education.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing
Simon Langsdale Letter carver
Parndon Mill Lane
Wooden Obelisk, St Michaels Hurst, Bishop’s Stortford
In 2019, I won a public art commission to create a work for a new housing development of my home town of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire. Working with the hewer Steve Woodley, we created an obelisk made from sweet chestnut to the proportions of the fibonacci sequence. Each word was carved in relief and is grape variety grown at a local vineyard, while the vine leaves represented the logo of the development.