J for Janet

We were fortunate enough to find more antique wood carpenter letters & numbers and have just updated the shop with them. I’ve spoken with a few of our antique friends in the business and some of them feel that this style of wood handicraft dates as far back as the early 1900′s. They certainly are unique and really stand apart from the modern day craft store versions. There’s a wonderful wood patina to them and I love the use of finishing nails rather than glue. You can really appreciate the craftmanship that went into them, sometimes assembling up to 7 individual little pieces for one single letter (as in the “S”), all the while ensuring that they can each stand on their own – even the “P”! I also have a great affinity for these because I once stumbled upon a “J” that I bought for Janet when we first started dating…many years ago.