Fergus Wessel MSDC

Stone Work & Letter Carving

About Fergus
Fergus set up Stoneletters Studio near Oxford in 2003. He specialises in heraldic carving and fine lettering in stone for public and private clients. He is a member of BRAMM, NAMM, Memorials by Artists, The Master Carver's Association and the Society of Heraldic Artists.
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Having grown up playing with type on the floor of the Whittington Press, Fergus has always been surrounded by lettering and good typography stemming from the tradition of Eric Gill.

His work is always evolving, although the principles of good spacing and design are always at the core of his work. He has worked with many architects and institutions in Oxford including the Holywell Music Room which won an Oxford Preservation Trust Award. He also worked with sundial expert Mark Lennox-Boyd on an Egyptian Sundial Obelisk and most recently, a new Canopy of Stars in the paving around the Royal Albert Hall. He also makes fine, hand-carved headstones, and Stoneletters won an award in 2016 for the Best Maker of Hand Carved Headstones in the UK.

Whatever piece he is working on, he strives for perfection. Nothing is hurried and he is not afraid to look back at examples set by past masters and indeed civilisations such as the Egyptians. He prefers classical lettering to the more organic, calligraphic letterforms which tend to dominate lettering today.

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Stroud School of Art 1990 -1992

Falmouth School of Art 1992 – 1994

Winchcombe Pottery 1994 – 2000 trained under Ray Finch

Cardozo Kindersley Workshop 2000 – 2003

He completed his apprenticeship with a merit, and was offered a permanent position.

Clients include:

Arnold House School, St John’s Wood

Brasenose College, Oxford

Corinne Bailey Rae

Lord Butler of Brockwell

Charterhouse, Surrey

Cornbury Park, Charlbury

Ericsson

Loyd Grossman

Sir David John

Royal Commonwealth Society

St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Alan Titchmarsh

Trinity College, Oxford

Upper Latymer School, Hammersmith

The Royal Albert Hall

Buscot Park

Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd

Holywell Music Room, Oxford

British Antarctic Memorial Trust

The Earl of Wemyss & March

Arthington Park

New College, Oxford

Bodleian Library, Oxford

Jonnie Boden

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