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Walk through your local church yard with observant eyes and you will find a range of stone letter carving styles. From the the simplest clean lines to more rounded flowing scripts you will become intrigued by the history unfolding on the headstones. Stone letter carving should somehow reveal an essence or spirit of the individual and we see this on family tombs, in public buildings, on way faring signposts, in religious buildings and heritage sites. The words may be for information, to praise God, to reflect the love of a family, to describe or to delight, as on Simon Armitage's poetry Stanza Stones. Do you want to learn the traditional art of the stone letter carver! Do you need advice on choosing the best material and tools to carve clear, beautiful letters? Come and try a course on stone letter carving and be inspired to create something that will last many generations.

£95
Gloucestershire
Stonecarving for beginners and intermediates in the Cotswolds. Two day affordable stone carving courses, held generally once or twice a month. See website for dates. Materials and tools supplied. Held outdoors or in workshop. Beautiful location, in Gloucestershire, idylic rural setting in cotswold Area of outstanding natural beauty. Please use the link to contact me from the website above for more details. Taught in small groups, up to eight trainees
£250
London
The London Stone Carving team are now running weekend courses throughout the year, covering all aspects of stone carving, from our fully equipped stone workshop, situated just off the old Kent Road, Central London. ​ Our classes are friendly open and flexible in their scope, covering all aspects of stone carving for all skill levels. We maintain a low student to teacher ratio, no more than four students per tutor, meaning each student's experience can...
£160
Carmarthenshire
Budding artists can head to Carmarthen in Wales to try their hand at the intricate art of stone carving with this 2 day Stone House Carving course, the ideal option for creative types looking for an out-of-the-ordinary escape this summer. For the Beginner: During the stone carving course you will learn how to draw out and carve a design in relief such as a York Rose or a Green Man. To begin with you will...
£75
Cornwall - Next course on 24th February 2018
Join us for an introduction to the fascinating art of stone carving. This course is flexible and restricted to no more than 6 students so people can explore the subject matter of their choice and develop their ideas to complete a piece by the end of the day. After an introduction to the use of tools and studio practise we will look at creating depth and the graphic possibilities of line and texture to bring...
£120
Norfolk
This day course is aimed at beginners and takes place within a genuine working stonemasons' lodge, in the beautiful setting of the medieval church of St Clement's in North Norwich. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to, either, carve a simple piece or do some letter-cutting. As well as learning basic carving techniques our customers enjoy learning about the ancient traditions of our guild, that stretches back continuously to 1096. Your tutor, Master...
£330
Cumbria - Next course on 27th May 2018
This 3 day Stone Sculpture workshop with Simon Keeley- a perfect slice of fresh air and 'downtime' in which to lose oneself learning from this 'master' of stone carving. Starting late afternoon - anytime from from 4.30pm - latest 7 to 9pm pm with Simon leading you through the process of drawing and then creating a 'maquette' (a clay model) of your chosen subject. On the first morning Simon will demonstrate the stone carving process....
£485
East Sussex - Next course on 17th October 2018
The better informed we are the better the drawing hand becomes. This course will enable letter cutters to understand why the pen is important in the learning of letter forms. Day 1: Introduction, pen exercises & Roman minuscules Day 2: Continue to develop Roman minuscule & Roman capitals. Day 3: Italics; pub lunch; visit to Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft & visit to Church. Day 4: Continue italics with double pencils: Learning to adapt...
£485
Cambridgshire - Next course on 27th June 2018
DRAWN LETTERING – All Levels - Tom Perkins Tom Perkins has an international reputation as a lettering designer and craftsman, with work in public and private collections. He has taught widely in the UK and also in Europe, the USA and Japan and influenced many other practitioners. This workshop will focus on learning/improving drawn Roman capitals and optionally, drawn Roman lower case italic. It is suitable for all levels including beginners. The alphabet will be...
£160
Lothian
Five Week Stone Letter Carving Course (Wednesday Mornings) with Simon Burns-Cox at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop from the 31st January to 28th February 2018 from 10.00 to 13.00. Maximum 5 participants and open to all levels. Course price is £160 and stone and tools can be borrowed or purchased. At the start of the course, there will be a review about the tools and how to use them. The student will also discover the importance...
£240
Gloucestershire - Next course on 1st August 2018
Content will include learning/practising the technique of ‘V’ incising letters in stone and slate, basic guidance on drawing and spacing letters, and the process offsetting out a brief inscription for carving. More experienced carvers may fine-tune carving, as required, and obtain input with drawn lettering and the design of inscriptions. This letter carving course is suitable for all levels – including beginners! You can turn any of our courses into a short break by staying...