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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.

£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...
£285
Cumbria - Next course on 12th October 2018
Pip Hall has been running a carving studio for 16 years, carving inscriptions for commemoration and celebration, house signs and garden features, as well as carrying out public art commissions, and exhibiting. Pip’s work also includes lettering and illustration for books, and for interiors, such as floors and walls. Pip’s workshop is for eight students, shaped to individual needs, and hosted at Kirkthwaite Old School, which also has rooms to rent during the course. An...
£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 ten trainees
£330
Cumbria
This is a 3 day Stone Sculpture workshop with Simon Keeley for a perfect slice of fresh air and 'downtime' in which to lose oneself whilst learning from this 'master' of stone carving. Starting late afternoon on Sunday 27 May 2018 - choose your slot between 4.30pm & 7pm to 9pm with Simon leading you through the process of drawing and then creating a 'maquette' (a clay model) of your chosen subject. On the first...
£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...
£75
Cornwall
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...
£160
Lothian - Next course on 3rd October 2018
Five Week Stone Letter Carving and Bas Relief Course on a Wednesday morning from 10.00 to 13.00 with Simon Burns-Cox at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Maximum 3 participants and open to all levels. 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 of the V cut and the different ways of cutting stone. There will be a discussion...
£240
Gloucestershire
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...
£90
East Yorkshire - Next course on 7th September 2018
Learning with us in our studios We open our Studios on most Fridays during term time for those wishing to work and learn alongside us. With a feeling of being apprenticed in working artists studios, you can choose to come along for one day to get a feel of working with stone and complete a small carving project to take home with you, or you may wish to come to us on an ongoing basis...
£60
Lothian - Next course on 6th October 2018
One Day Stone Carving and Lettering Course with Simon Burns-Cox at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. The course is designed for those who have either participated on The Two Day Introductory Stone Letter Carving Course and want to continue or for those who have some basic experience. Complete beginners, however, are also accepted as the class is small. Maximum 5 participants and open to all levels. At the start of the course, there will be a...