Working in Stone








In an ideal world….


Step 1: Choose from one of the following courses

·       Introduction to Stonemasonry (1-day course)

·       Relief Carving (2-day course)

·       3D Sculptural Stone Carving (2-day course)

·       Letter Cutting (2-day course)

However, if you cannot decide yet, or it’s a gift, you already have an idea of what you would like to achieve, or would prefer to approach it differently, just say, we’re easy.


See further down for more information about each course.


Step 2: Choose the date you’d like to attend

All courses run on all of the dates listed below.

Times: 10am – 4.30pm (arrive from 9.30am to start selecting your stone)


2020 Dates:


             Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April

             Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May

             Saturday 13th and Sunday 14h June

             Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July

             Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August

             Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September

             Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October

NB: If you’ve chosen to do a 2-day course these don’t have to be on consecutive dates.


Step 3: Make your booking or reserve your place

Call us on 01825 872830 or email to make your booking.


·       1-day courses: £75

·       2-day courses: £140

We require a £20 deposit and balance is due on the first day of the course.


As well as being great fun for you, the courses also make a wonderful gift for someone else. If you’d like to purchase a gift voucher please get in touch, you don’t need to choose the course or the dates, you can leave that bit to the recipient.


The Courses

Introduction to Stonemasonry

A one-day course teaches you basic masonry techniques. This course is ideal for beginners. The aim of the day: to carve your very own Pugin inspired table centrepiece/candleholder.

Starting with a short safety briefing you’ll learn about the tools and the stone, selecting the best stone for the job. You’ll learn about profiling and creating facets (levels) before going on to carve the details.

At the end of the day you will have produced something to be proud of and hopefully caught the stonemasonry bug and want to come back for more.


Relief Carving

Over two days, you will learn the masonry techniques required to carve a 2D tablet. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those who have some previous experience.

As with all the courses you’ll start with a short safety briefing, you’ll learn about the tools and the stone, selecting the best stone for the job and which tools to use for each stage of carving. You’ll learn practical masonry profiling and creating facets (levels) before going on to carve the details, creating depth, texture, light and shade.

At the end of the course you will have carved a 2D tablet that could be set into a wall or patio or as a decorative feature indoors.


3D Sculptural Stone Carving

This course is perfect for those who want to be a bit more ambitious and create a 3D sculpture. You can create a small 3D sculpture within 2 days although for bigger projects you make like to book an extra day or take advantage of our Open Workshop on Tuesdays (see below).

As with the other courses you’ll start with a safety briefing and with Chris’ help select the best stone for the job. Then you’ll be taught the techniques for projecting profiles and creating facets (levels) before using a variety of different tools to chisel away and carve the details, creating depth and texture from every angle.

At the end of the course you will have created your very own sculptural masterpiece.

(NB: the approximate size of stone included is 12”x12”x6” but if you want to do something bigger this can be arranged for an additional cost – call us to discuss)


Letter Cutting

This 2-day course is perfect for those who want to learn the art of letter cutting and put it to good use, e.g. carving a house name. No previous experience necessary.

Beginning with the usual short safety briefing, you’ll learn about the tools and the stone, selecting the best stone for the job. You’ll start your project by learning the techniques for marking out the inscription before moving on to carving out the letters. You’ll finish by tidying up the edges and adding the serifs.

At the end of the course will have completed your inscription ready to be proudly displayed for all to see.


Tuesday Evening Open Workshops

For many years now we have been opening on Tuesday evenings for carvers who have attended weekend courses and wish to keep their hand in by continuing on the same or on new projects.

This season starts again on 14th April from 7pm – 9pm for £15 but this year you will be able to start earlier:


Tuesday Afternoon Open Workshops

·        Tuesdays

·        2-9pm (subject to confirmation)

·        14th April – 20th October

This year the workshop will be open on Tuesday afternoons as well as the evenings for you to make use of the space and the tools for just £7.50 per hour (minimum two hours).

This won’t include tuition but I will be on hand if you need any advice. No need to book but ring in advance just in case I’ve had to go out.


If you would like a bit of extra tuition this can be arranged for £15 per hour (subject to demand and numbers).

This is a great opportunity if you’ve attempted a more ambitious project and not quite managed to finish it or if you’ve got a new project that you want to work on.

NB: Open workshops are not suitable for absolute beginners.




Remember - We now do Gift Vouchers for that unique present! – Please enquire


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