This black wall letter is hand carved from sustainable wood and is hand painted with a black paint. The upper surface is painted and the carved wooden letter is beveled, the back is flat. They are light enough to attach to a wall using heavy duty adhesive pads, Velcro tape, adhesive, sticky tack or they can be secured with nails using a similar method to hanging a plate. Some letters are free standing but all need to be supported at the base to prevent them falling over. Others you can just lean against the wall.
We supply the full alphabet, numbers and symbols in 2 sizes. They look good lined up or even better mixed. They make original monograms and personalised gifts and look great on a gallery wall. If used for exterior signage we recommend an extra coat of paint and a waterproof varnish, front and back, before fixing.
The POSH Graffiti Old English font is based on Caslon Old Face serif font. Each letter is handcrafted by a group of artisan woodcarvers in a Balinese rice farming village. We have worked with them for over 25 years. The letters are packed at source in a branded cardboard box and posted to the customer in the same box to avoid wasteful double packing. No plastic is used. They are designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
Our carbon footprint is offset by operation PLANET BASKET, developing livelihood options for farmers and craftspeople living in and around the Indonesian rainforest.
Hand Carved, Hand Painted, Plaster Base
6 cm, 12 cm
Letter, Wall Letter
The POSH Graffiti Old English wall letters are created by British designer Emily Readett-Bayley and a group of highly skilled woodcarvers and painters on the Indonesian island of Bali with whom we have worked for over 25 years. The artisans are part of an ancient rice farming community who cultivate Albizia trees around their rice fields to provide a sustainable wood source. The men and women use traditional artisan skills passed down from generation to generation to create their woodcarvings. Albizia is a hardwood but as it grows very fast it has a wide grain and is soft and light. The woodcarvers are masters at shaping the wood with a knife and sanding it smooth. Once the wood is smooth it is coated with a layer of white plaster ready for painting and gilding. Hand gilding wood takes great skill but it is this that gives our gold and silver wooden letters their distinctive look and superior shine.
The craft industry provides an important secondary income to many people living in this rural farming community and uses the same agrarian labour sharing principles. This enables men and women to work the land and use their traditional artisan craft skills to earn a living.
Other designers and importers on the island manufacture with cheaper wood composites such as MDF but we never ask our craftspeople to use these because they produce dangerous carcinogenic dust during the cutting process and expensive, hi-tech safety measures are required which are not generally used in a traditional craft workshop.