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)
• Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April
• Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May
• Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June
• Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July
• Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August
• Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September
• Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th 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.
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.
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)
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.
New for 2018! Open Workshops
· 10th April – 9th October
In addition to the courses above the workshop will be open on Tuesday afternoons and evenings for you to make use of the space and the tools for just £7.50 per hour. This won’t include tuition but Chris 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 beginners.
Remember - We now do Gift Vouchers for that unique present! – Please enquire
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