Poor Frank Raw

Headstones, churchyards, taphophilia and letter carving

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Hand carved lettering on stone

I don't take commissions, but you can buy a piece of lettering right here, hand-carved by Frank Raw. If you would like to have one of the pieces shown, just drop me an email and it can be with you in a couple of days. UK shipping only.

To show off the lettering to its best, it needs to have light passing across the surface. Put it indoors by a window, or outdoors facing south. If you put the stone outdoors on a damp surface (like the ground), it will gather some green surface gunge. Raised up on a wall or a piece of garden furniture it will stay free from green discolouration and remain crisp and gorgeous.

Weights and sizes are approximate.

© Copyright Poor Frank Raw, 2022

Oddments reduced...

Paperweight / bookends in various sizes, various emblems, all reduced, now £45 each inc UK shipping.

Light and Shade

Light and shade, hand carved letters on bevelled blocks of Hopton Wood limestone. Each block is 31 x 7 x 3 cms, 1.5 kilos. £125 each, £225 the pair plus £20 UK shipping.

Here I stand...

Hand carved Roman letters on black Welsh slate, the letters painted and the surface oiled. 35 x 16 x 2.5 cms. An alleged (i.e. untrue) quote from Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms, but a strong statement all the same. £335 plus £20 UK shipping.

Senatus PopulusQue Romanus

SPQR hand carved, V-cut Roman letters on a block of Italian marble, 28 x 8 x 5 cms. Filled flush with brick-red resin. £120 including UK shipping.

Bread and Circuses

Panem et circenses. Hand carved Roman rustic letters on Hopton Wood limestone, the letters painted in Pompeiian red. 27 x 30 x 3.5 cms. £275 plus £20 UK shipping.

Coffin paperweights, Obviously

Hand made coffin paperweights (large 12.5 cms long, small 10 cms long). I have a variety of stones - currently Hopton Wood limestone, red sandstone, grey sandstone. Small £20, Large £25. Plus £3 P&P.


Isiah 1: 18, "...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Hand carved blackletter on Hopton Wood limestone. 26 x 8 x 3 cm. £135 including UK shipping.

What Fresh Hell Is This?

Dorothy Parker allegedy answered the phone with this line. Hand carved, free form Roman letters on Hopton Wood limestone. This piece hangs on the wall (straight, skew left or skew right), and is 38 x 25 x 2 cms. £295 plus £15 UK shipping.

Esperanza means Hope

Esperanza is my favourite Spanish word. Hand carved hope in blackletter on Hopton Wood limestone. 36 x 7 x 3 cms. £150 including UK shipping.


I'm sorry, my mother would be so ashamed, but I swear - in stone. Arse has been the most popular and I usually have a couple of variations in stock. Other swears can be carved, no words too obscene. Email me if you really need some heavy cursing.


Hand carved lettering on Welsh slate, painted and oiled. 23 x 9.5 x 3 cms. £145 including UK shipping.


Hand carved blackletter gothic text on Hopton Wood limestone from Derbyshire. Truly a question for our times. 21 x 8 x 4 cms. £125 including UK shipping.