I noticed these a while back and finally got a good photo of the pair in Skeyton churchyard, just down the road from my workshop.
What I like most about them is their size and subtlety, and their quiet subdued beauty. They are only about 12-18″ tall and yet for me stand out as being the most powerful memorials in this churchyard.
I have been working on making some videos for my website and youtube channel. These will be a mixture of animations and real time videos relating to my working practice. This process is very much in its infancy.
I recently spent some time in Bruges and I knew there would be some lettercutting work around the place, as Pieter and Kristoffel Boudens work there. Their father was a calligrapher. There were several I came across, and there are examples below. I have to say I liked some more than others in terms of design, some seem rather dated or not to my taste, but there’s no doubting the quality of the workmanship and cutting. I am unsure if all these examples are Boudens pieces, as there are others such as Brody Neuenschwander working in Bruges (although he is mainly a calligrapher). I suspect from what I know of their work they may be mainly Pieter Boudens pieces, but I’m not entirely sure.
This is an example of the lettering I referred to in my previous blog about flint lettering in Woodbridge – the image below is of the outer wall of Holy Trinity church, Blythburgh. It’s a fantastic church, well worth a visit if you’re in Suffolk.
here is another image taken from Holy Trinity’s website (thanks to them) and some notes to help to explain what the lettering may mean:
At the east end, a curious series of initials in Lombardic script stretch across the outer chancel wall. You can see an image of this in the left hand column. It reads A-N-JS-B-S-T-M-S-A-H-K-R. This probably stands for Ad Nomina JesuS, Beati Sanctae Trinitas, Maria Sanctorem Anne Honorem Katherine Reconstructus (‘In the name of the blessed Jesus, the Holy Trinity, and in honour of holy Mary, Anne and Katherine, this was rebuilt’). A fanciful theory is that they are the initials of the wives of the donors. However, note the symbol of the Trinity in the T stone, and I think this is a clue to the whole piece.