The New York Times recently did a feature on Julie Seltzer, a calligrapher who is working on completing a copy of the Torah, or the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures. Synagogues generally have what is known as a sefer torah, a hand copied scroll of the first five books of the Bible. Very few women work as scribes in the Jewish community. Ms. Seltzer is one of the few. As the article points out, the process of making a copy of the Torah is quite lengthy and can take nearly a year and a half to complete.
The article goes into detail about some of the practices involved in making a sefer Torah which you may read by clicking here.