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Gwastraff a Rhyfel (Waste and War)

Item Code: MW-99582
Medium
Wood engraving
Date of Work
2020
Signed
Monogram
Height (cm)
55
Width (cm)
21
Base price $1,760

Two part cleft Ash-wood from Pembrokeshire with acrylic paint.

Monogrammed letter carving on an ash wood offcut from the sawmill at Tyntesfield, Somerset, with acrylic paint and a rusty can, flattened in the road. Brass pins to hold the tin into place with a slate base.

The words are from an englyn (four-line poem in strict metre) by the Welsh poet Emrys (William Ambrose, 1813-73) and are carved on some Welsh war memorials.
Translation: 'Idleness is the sword's praise and rust is its honour'

Featured in Martin Wenham: The Art of Letter Carving in the Wood, by Martin Wenham, 2022.

A free copy of Martin Wenham’s new book Martin Wenham The Art of Letter Carving, published by Crowood Press (price £25), will accompany each purchase from the exhibition.
Martin Wenham PortraitBorn in 1941, Wenham’s interest in lettering was stimulated at an early age. At university Wenham read botany and forestry, his artistic propensity aiding with precise observational drawing. Throughout this time an interest in pen-lettering persisted and after a research colleague requested a carved house-name in wood Wenham approached the professional carver Harry Spring, who showed him the basic technique of letter-cutting.

After a year Wenham left research and for the next 23 years taught in secondary, primary and special schools, with 9 years’ lecturing at the University of Leicester. He first exhibited his letter-cutting work in 1982; since 1984 it has been shown in the major British exhibitions of lettering arts. Wenham’s work is held in the Crafts Council’s Permanent Collection and in private collections in Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
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