Final Marks: The Art of the Carved Letter

A perfect film to watch while procrastinating on the last day of the year (or the first day), Final Marks: The Art of the Carved Letter is a classic documentary about letters, lettercutting, and doing things carefully. The film follows John E. Benson and his team at the John Stevens Shop in Newport, Rhode Island, as they carve and install pieces in Newport and Washington, DC. One fact that always blows this reporter’s mind is that Benson cut JFK’s grave and memorial at Arlington when he was just 25-years-old. Incidentally, a little more than halfway into the film, Benson starts on an alphabet stone commissioned by the printers Michael & Winifred Bixler. Watch the entire 49-minute movie here.

— Michael Russem

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