Carving, Lettering, Memorials & Masonry
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I started carving at 13 years old with Rattee and Kett in Cambridge, during my school holidays. I showed promise and at 16 years old I was taken on as the first apprentice for 12 years. During my apprenticeship starting in 1981, I've worked on many of the UK's most prestigious buildings, giving me a thorough and invaluable grounding in carving skills and techniques.
This combination of top quality traditional and contemporary training (as a designer) makes me, I believe, unique in being able to field all the skills necessary to enable a carving project from research to completion at the highest standards.
"To become a master carver not only requires a raw natural talent and many years of practise, but above all the ability to develop these artistic skills using a variety of materials to recreate the various architectural styles used throughout the ages. Through his unique training and involvement with some of the most prestigious restoration projects and demanding new commissions, Andrew Tanser has reached the pinnacle of his craft and now ranks as one of the leading carvers and sculptors in the country." - Vic Franklin, Former Restoration Director of Rattee & Kett, 1999
Sharpening Wood Tools
The Basic Hand Tools for Stone
Links and Recommended Reading