Brrrr... the mornings over the last few days have been so cold, back to deep frosts and ice. Not easy going for cutting of delicate letters in stone - my fingers just wont get moving properly and feel all thick and numb. I've been doing the exercises everyone suggests when your hands are cold, (which don't work anything like quickly enough, if at all!) of flailing my arms in circles in the air, or out to the sides and back round my body. I've tucked my chisels inside my overalls to warm through and done fast jogging on the spot, but in the end had to ignore it and just get on despite now blowing thick, white breath clouds in front of my work.
Luckily the sun has soon broken through, and I've moved outside to feel the warmth of it. It also creates wonderful light to see my letters, casting shadows and outlining starkly my wobbly lines for correction. I keep going over the cut, shaving a little off at a time, to get the curve and even straightness required. It is a very satisfying sensation to have the (sharp) chisel cut through the stone, and leave the crisp, clean line of a letter's edge. And I've forgotten the cold.