Onsite Engraving & Lettering Services

In many families, after the second companion passes on, a new name and date needs to be added to a headstone originally intended for two people. Or a date needs to be completed on a headstone for one individual. In other cases, the family needs to incorporate a third name onto a monument that was originally intended for just two.

Sometimes the family may want to add an additional embellishment or design element to an existing memorial design.

Over our company’s long history, families have approached Hudson Valley Memorial Group’s artisans with a wide range of reasons for requesting on-site engraving and lettering services. When we are challenged with on-site lettering projects, we strive to provide elegant, artistic solutions that meet your family’s needs and also enhance the original monument.

Whatever your circumstance, our proficient artisans can accomplish your goals with the proprietary solutions we have developed for on-site engraving and lettering.

We will create a plan to alter the existing headstone that will save you money and ensure that the memorial you already own properly pays tribute to the lives it was intended to honor. To bring you the best service possible, we can also deep clean the headstone while we are at the cemetery making the addition, combining services for your convenience.

We are proud to use our artistic and technical abilities to bring your family together in resting peace.

The Process

Our mobile engraving and lettering team first visits the site to assess the state of the existing stone to ensure it is not first in need of repair or restoration.

Next, our artisans carefully take wax rubbings of the existing heritage font in the field. We then decide which methods will match the letters most exactly; traditional hand drawing or AutoCAD drafting computer technology. Each memorial is carefully scrutinized, keeping the matching of the font and the overall elegance of the monument in mind.

In a situation where the monument was made before the advent of computers, hand drafting sometimes matches the original carving style better. If hand work is needed, our experienced artisans refine the lines of the rubbing with skillful drawing, an ability that is becoming rarer by the day.

If we determine that the rubbings and sketched details can be manipulated better digitally, we create a rendering that way. Whichever method is deemed best used to produce the final design, we create a representation of the finished headstone for your approval.

After that, we produce a template measuring the depth, width and even the exact size of each serif in each letter. Then we consider whether conventional sandblasting or hand carving will best serve to replicate the original lettering.

Finally, the mobile engraving and lettering team again travels to the site. Using their years of experience and artistic sensibilities, they hand engrave the name on the existing stone.

This careful set of steps, developed over many years, allows us to seamlessly match the memorial’s design, era and specific font to bring a sense of closure to families.