Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Calligraphy and Woodworking

Several weeks ago my sixteen year old son asked if I would letter his initials for him.  He wanted a specific size and style.  He was designing a chess board and case in his Manufacturing Processes class at school.   His class was learning veneer and inlay techniques, and he wanted to include his initials on the bottom of the case.  I thought he might abandon the idea once he got started.  It is hard enough for me just to cut curved letter forms out of heavy paper let alone wood, but he did it. Here is his result:

I think he did a great job.  He stayed after school many days to work on his design.  He is fortunate to attend a public school that has a varied curriculum.  The art and design departments are extensive, and it is difficult to choose from all the great courses offered.

I think Matt has been bitten by the handcrafted bug!  He took two years of ceramics and loved it.  Now in this class, he is learning woodworking and metalcraft. He was so excited to show us his work and talk about the different woods and tools he used.  His case is now being displayed in the Principal's office.

I am on the hunt to find some chess pieces to match his board for his birthday next month.  His class has moved on to learning about assembly line construction by designing and creating Adirondack chairs!


  1. hi jane! what a beautiful job your son did on this chess board (and, may i just say that he had a wonderful template to use with those beautiful letterforms that you did!)! i can see it all over his face how proud he is...as he should be! and if i were you, i'd clear the decks (literally!) if his next project is adirondack chairs...you'll have a whole new set of patio furniture!! :)

  2. Jane: You must be proud of your son...his chess board rocks! I am also blown away by the initials he made...WOW!

    I am thrilled that you visited me and left a comment because now I have found you! I love your blog so I hope you don't mind that I have added you to my favorites. It is nice that your site is so inspiring for lettering artists!

    Thank you!


  3. Oh Jane, you must be so proud of your son, Matt. He did a spectacular job. As they say...the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
    You both did a great job :-)

  4. Thank you Lori, Sara and Renee! It gladdens my heart to see my kids develop their artistic side. I don't know what they'll do in life, but I hope they continually explore themselves artisically. It can be so fulfilling. :-)

  5. Hi Jane,
    What an incredible accomplishment! And to think he's learned all these skills at such a young age... amazing... Brava, mom!

  6. Aunt Jane:
    I LOVE your blog! It looks awesome...and so does that chess board Matt made! Wow!

  7. Awww...how sweet.Thanks Tay! :-)


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