Lettering on Sandstone ANZAC Monument | Stone Carving | Heritage Conservation | Victoria

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THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

As Australians will be celebrating the “Great War” 100th year anniversary until 2018, it was a pleasure to help create a monument in Emu Park, QLD in order to help commemorate this special event for the locals; now and into the future.. As requested by Capricorn Sandstone quarry, who had donated a significant amount of the stone featured in the monument, I was commissioned to carry out inscription works for the Lions/ Rotary/ RSL Club in Emu Park who were also working in conjunction with the Bendigo Bank.

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Setting out on Sandstone from Capricorn Stone, Rockhampton QLD

The standard procedure when approaching handcut inscriptions is to set out, gauging proportions, letter size and depth. As each cutter has a different style, just like handwriting, it is important to design the monument and lettering in accordance with the path of the sun.

If facing due west, as this monument was, the lettering really needed to compensate for this lack of light for most part of the day through increasing the size and therefore the depth of the lettering. However, if facing due North, the lettering could have remained natural v-cut. As we were unable to change the position of the monument, and with this in mind, the decision was made to paint the letters.

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The local Mirror commemorating the event and monument.

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Classical Architecture: The Dentil

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Newly restored, an example of Australian Sandstone Georgian/ Colonial Dentils shown under the top cornice molding.

Deriving from ‘dens’ (Lat.)  meaning ‘tooth’, the ‘dentil’ has embellished and adorned many different periods and styles of cornice moldings. From romanesque design through the ages, the dentil, as opposed to it’s relative the “corbel”, serve various functions. Whilst corbels disperse some load (weight) from the stone, typically cantilevered above– transferring it back into the building– dentil’s are mostly ornamental and are, therefore, non-load bearing (non-structural) facade design elements.

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As the architectural periods varied, dentil design, for the most part, remained fairly uniform. This is exemplified by the use of dentil design elements in romanesque design also being used later in the art deco period of the 1920’s.

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Here, shown above the medium relief art deco frieze, an ‘inverted’ dentil, used to enhance visual depth in the building facade.
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An array of handcarved indents for the sandstone facade shown above.

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