Lettering


Kevin Williams was trained in the traditional techniques of letter cutting while apprenticing for Walter Arnold. He continues to assist Arnold with lettering for his current projects. Kevin’s traditional training allows him to carve v-cut, block, and recessed lettering in numerous fonts. Hand-cut lettering allows for flexibility and character, whereas machine-cut lettering is limited, not only in the number of fonts available but also in the ability to make subtle adjustments for line-height and spacing; without the capability to adjust letter-for-letter, one cannot achieve optimum optical effects. When lettering on buildings or signs are cut by machines, they can appear too crowded or overly-spaced out, which makes them hard to read. Only traditional hand-cut lettering is flexible enough to accommodate these poignant subtleties. Traditional letter cutting is such a refined art that many carvers spend their whole career perfecting their techniques.