The atmosphere at the John Stevens Shop is a notch more jubilant with the arrival of English lettercarver Hugh Grace, who is in Newport for two weeks to carve a rampant lion on a massive marble ledger. Hugh lived and worked here at the Shop for two years from '02 to '04 and meanwhile has freelanced for Richard Kindersley at his Studio in London. An incredibly fast and dynamic carver, he is a gentleman and a gentle man, slightly embarrassed by the all the fuss kicked up with his return. But he's taking it all in stride and getting into a good rhythm, and the marble is flying.
As for me I'm still having a blast.