Letter carving in stone has a long and distinguished tradition. A new generation of letter cutters are maintaining and renewing that tradition in a way that is relevant to the twenty-first century. Eric Marland worked as a letter cutter in London until 1990, when he moved to Cambridge, working first for David Kindersley, then at The Carving Workshop. In 1998 he set up his own studio in a deconsecrated chapel, where he has an established reputation for fine lettering. 

His feeling about his craft is that it "seems to strike a chord...there's something innate about the carving of stone which is really basic to man. If you ever watch programmes on television about past cultures, inevitably there will be a piece of stone carving which gives us an insight into how previous civilisations functioned".