artist and stone letter cutting specialist
Damian Witty is a stone lettercutter who specialises in creating pieces that embody true creativity, beauty and impact.
He helps his clients to tell their stories, immortalise their memories by carving bespoke lettering that lasts a lifetime. He does this from his workshop in Loughborough where he champions the use of British stones and ancient, traditional methods to demonstrate his skills.
His work has been enjoyed by thousands of people, whether that’s privately and reflectively with his intimate headstone lettering, or appreciated by the wider public, as seen with his work on the Richard III memorial in the centre of Market Bosworth.
He’s proud husband to Tracey, and a lover of good coffee. He likes walks in the countryside with his rescue dog Ivy.
a note from me
Ever since I was at school, I’ve loved the way letters can look. I’ve always been fascinated by headstones, the fonts, the intricacy of the work in the stone and the fact that some of these are hundreds of years old, but the carving still so sharp!
I loved the tales that they told, reading all the stories of the people who had passed, and seeing words laid out so beautifully in such a lasting way, really stuck with me. It was one of the reasons I would eventually study typography, work as a graphic artist and form my own graphic design business, designing and managing projects for clients such as The National Trust, Arts Council England, The Jorvik Viking Centre and English Heritage.
It wasn’t until my wife lovingly, but persistently, booked us both onto a day’s stone carving course in 2010, that I fell in love with the craft. I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed using traditional tools, a dummy (mallet) and chisel, to make such permanent marks in something so incredibly hard. I found it so gratifying to create using only the natural and individual characteristics of stone.
That was it. I was sold, and it became an instant passion.
Now, after 10 years of further training and honing my craft, I spend as much time cutting and carving as I possibly can from my workshop in Loughborough.
I love what I do, hearing the stories of the people I work with and helping them to bring their memories and ideas to life is a true honour.
If you’re interested in creating a long-lasting piece of artwork or a fitting memorial headstone for your loved one, in my opinion, there’s no better medium than stone to use.
I’ll always endeavour to showcase the quality of British stone wherever it fits the brief. We have a wealth of beauty right here in the UK and I’m committed to ensuring that British craftsmanship stays strong and true to its traditional roots.
Want a chat about your ideas? Almost anything is possible when it comes to your design.
"Having ordered an ‘off the shelf’ headstone for my father, not realising there was a choice outside of this. I realised that I wanted something different when my son passed. I decided to try and go it alone. I felt overwhelmed by all the rules and regulations for the grave yard and council so put it all aside. A friend who knows Damian recommended him highly. From the very start we hit it off, he put all my ideas onto paper and created the most beautiful stone for my son. We as a family are all so pleased with the final result."
"Damian’s creativity is so special and he is an absolute pleasure to work with. He has an uncanny ability to put your thoughts onto paper and then onto stone - it’s simply magical!"
"I asked so many companies to create me something different as a memorial for my mum and was only offered plain, or religious options. Meeting Damian was a breath of fresh air. The process was easy and he kept me involved at every stage. I would be mad not to recommend him and his wonderful work."
"We found a gem in Damian, he made this very sad process easy and in a way freeing. We now have a beautiful memorial forever."
"I saw Damian’s work at Melbourne Festival a few years ago and each year I would visit his stand and admire his work. I am now the proud owner of a stunning plaque. Thank you so much."
"Our home came with a wooden name plaque, we commissioned Damian to create a new slate plaque and we are so proud to have this as a welcome to our visitors. Thank you Damian!"
"My experience of finding a headstone for my husband was so easy and so well managed by Damian. His compassionate nature and the fact that all the dealings with the Parish were taken out of my hands and dealt with made such a difference. I am so pleased that my husband’s headstone has embodied the simplicity and beauty."
"The undertaker I used for my loved one offered me a book to choose a headstone. However, I wanted some input, I did not want to have shiny black polished stone with gold writing. I wanted something bespoke and elegant that was more fitting. I could not have found a more perfect partner in Damian in working on the design. The finished memorial is beautiful and I would not hesitate to recommend Damian."
"I wanted an unusual gift for my friend’s nuptials. Damian’s wonderful design entwined their initials and carved them into the smoothest stone sculpture. They were ecstatic to receive it and It takes pride of place in their home!"
"We asked Damian to help us revamp a corner of our garden. He created a beautiful bench and bird bath making it a haven for both us and the birds!"