Questions for Job (second version), 2017
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.
This second version is carved more simply than the first edition, on cherry wood from the Boughton estate in Northamptonshire. The wood suggested itself because the dark red streak and the knots reminded Wenham of the iron-rish earth which gave rise to the project in the first place.
Wenham regards it as one of the best pieces of lettering I have ever done and in many ways is the cilmination of half a century working in this medium.
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.
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