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Some bricklayers choose to personalize their work by introducing lettering to form words or initials (see Fig 262). The initials shown in the example involve some quite complex angled cutting in order to more faithfully represent the true shape of the letters. Such cutting is best done with a machine.

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Fig. 262 Isolated pier incorporating decorative lettering.

Simpler, square cuts may be used to produce more stylized, somewhat ‘blocky’ lettering, which, overall, is more practically achievable where access to cutting machinery might be limited. This type of lettering may also be emphasized further by using projecting bricks (see Fig 263).

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below: Fig. 263 Simple lettering.