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The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop

152 Victoria Road · Cambridge · CB4 3DZ · Telephone 01223 362170


David Kindersley, lettercutter, sculptor and inventor, started his workshop near Cambridge in 1946, having been apprenticed to Eric Gill. He was joined in 1976 by Lida Lopes Cardozo, beginning a partnership which lasted until David’s death in 1995. The workshop moved to its present address in Victoria Road, Cambridge in 1977. Now run by Lida, his widow, with her husband Graham Beck, it consists usually of two lettercutters and three apprentices. Teaching is a vital part of workshop life.

Lida Kindersley is dedicated to the increase of good lettering in the world. She carves letters in stone and other media; designs typefaces; runs the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop in Cambridge; trains apprentices in lettercutting by hand, each usually staying for three years; and writes and publishes books on all these subjects.

Lida and her assistants make letters in stone, glass, metal, paper and wood, including headstones, commemmorative plaques, heraldic carving, sundials, typefaces, bookplates and lettering cut straight into buildings. They cut with hammer and chisel and avoid using machines. They design, cut, paint, gild and prefer to fix all their own work.

A selection of our publications. See more in our shop.

Image of the front cover of 'The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop: a guide to commissioning work'

The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop: a guide to commissioning work

Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

This book aims to throw some light on the process of commissioning lettering, clearly setting out the triangular relationship between patron, artist and material.

Image of the front cover of 'The Kindest Cut Of All'

The Kindest Cut Of All

Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley & Michael Wheeler

The making of gravestones in the Kindersley Workshop.

Image of the front cover of 'Letters For The Millenium'

Letters For The Millenium: why we cut letters in stone

Emma Lloyd-Jones & Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley

Why do we cut letters in stone? To make them last. Why do we want to make them last? This book explores this question, and the value and significance or lettercutting.