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.

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Your own year

Any year of your choosing, hand carved on a block of limestone - buttery High Moor stone from Yorkshire, or oatmeal Hopton Wood from Derbyshire. Around 24 to 27 cms long, by 7.5 x 3 cms. £70 each inc UK shipping.

Hallelujah

Hand carved letters on Welsh purple slate, 37 x 6 x 3 cms. Inpainted and lightly oiled. £225 inc UK shipping.

Gothic bookends

Any deeply cut, hand carved gothic letter on a limestone block. Useful as a bookend, handy as a blunt instrument. I don't judge. Typically 16 x 8 x 6 cms but sizes vary a bit. £55 inc UK shipping.

Get some perspective

An experimental hand carved alphabet on High Moor limestone from Yorkshire. The perspective of the design makes the letters look as if they are carved on two faces, either side of a corner. 34 x 24 x 3 cms. £195 inc UK shipping.

Dignity

A beautiful track by Deacon Blue. That Ship Called DIGNITY. Hand carved on High Moor limestone from Yorkshire. 28 x 18 x 3 cms. £240 inc UK shipping.

Welcome

Welcome to my world. Hand carved letters on Hopton Wood limestone from Derbyshire. 34 x 8 x 3.5 cms. £125 inc UK shipping.

QWERTYUIOP

Hand carved letters on black Welsh slate, 47 x 9 x 3 cms. Inpainted and lightly oiled. £225 inc UK shipping.

I am what I am

Not only am I what I am, you are what you am also. Hopton Wood limestone, 21 x 17 x 3 cms. £175 inc UK shipping.

Scattered alphabet

A hand carved alphabet on High Moor limestone from Tadcaster. 26 x 26 x 3 cms. £245 inc UK shipping.

It's all about me

It's not about you, it's about ME. Hand carved letters on black Welsh slate, painted and oiled. 25 x 20 x 3 cms. £300 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.

Say it out loud...

What a gorgeous word. It fills the mind with images. THROB. 24 x 8 x 3 cms on High Moor limestone. £110 including UK shipping.

SINNER!

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.

Swearing

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.

Arse in limestone

Hand carved lettering on High Moor limestone from Yorkshire. You know you want it. 23 x 7 x 4 cms. £95 including UK shipping.

Homage to Roy Kent

Hand carved blackletter on High Moor limestone from Tadcaster. Roy Kent's favourite exclamation. 24 x 24 x 3 cms. £295 including UK shipping.

The C-bomb

Hand carved blackletter gothic text on Hopton Wood limestone from Derbyshire. When no other word will do. Excuse my French. 25 x 25 x 4 cms. £425 including UK shipping.