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"Insults should be written in sand, compliments should be carved in stone" (Arab proverb). Stone carving might be described as the removal of stone to discover the beauty of form hidden within. Wherever we may travel we will find beautiful stone carving in temples, cathedrals, countryside parks and busy cities. Forms may be of human, animal, fish or fowl or may be abstract in form to allow the imagination free rein. If you want to understand how to choose the right material be it sandstone, chalk, limestone or marble and recognise a range of tools, mallet, adze, bouchard, feather and wedge then why not try a stone carving course?

Next course on 2nd October 2017
This day offers an introduction to stone carving using natural forms for inspiration. You will be working on small blocks of Maltese limestone – it is a very soft stone and relatively easy to shape with rifflers, files and chisels, so the results will be quick to see. It can also be sawn and a variety of shapes and textures can be produced very easily. Maltese Limestone is good for producing a pleasing sculptural shape...
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 five or six.
Carvers follow a series of suggested topics which introduce new skills and techniques. The first topic introduces a letter cutting technique creating an insized pattern to familiarize the use of mallet and chisel. Further projects focus on skills such as visualising 3D form; relief creation; figurative realism; direct carving and working from a maquette. Own projects can be followed if preferred. Everyone works at their own pace with individual tuition, beginners are very welcome. This...
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...
Next course on 17th November 2017
Stone carving course - a 2 day introduction at Lincoln Castle. A brilliant next step or a fantastic start for artistic beginners! On this two day course you'll not only cover everything from the 'taster' day course, but you'll have the opportunity to design your own carving with inspiration from a selection of traditional designs and be able to produce a bespoke piece of work to take home with you. Suitable for beginners with some...
Next course on 7th October 2017
Weekend stone carving courses on the beautiful Wales/Shropshire border. I have been teaching stone carving weekends for about 15 years ago and enjoy them immensely. The days usually run from 9.30 - 5 and I am flexible about what people want to do and make, whether it be relief, 3D or a specific idea for a sculpture. This is a 2 day course suitable for all abilities - no age limits either! I have taught...
Next course on 2nd December 2017
Stone Carving one day taster course at Lincoln Castle. The course offers a simple introduction to low relief stone carving. Students will be taken through the process of making a simple design based on a historic decorative theme, which will be transferred to stone, and then cut into a relief carving using stone carving tools. All techniques will be clearly demonstrated and then students will put them into practice under expert supervision. Participant Information: Students...
Our one day taster course allows you to get to grips immediately with tools and stone by using a simple design as the starting point. Each course explores a specific visual starting point to develop into a finished piece of carving in relief. Please visit our website to find out more about the range of subjects available. Subjects for our currently scheduled spring term taster courses are: 17.03.17 Carving knotwork Subjects for our currently scheduled...
These two day courses will suit people who are interested in learning to carve, those who wish to develop existing carving skills. Each courses explores a specific visual starting point for development into a finished piece of carving. Please visit our website to find out more about the range of subjects available. Subjects for our currently scheduled spring term courses are: 24-25.03.17 Abstraction from the figure Subjects for our currently scheduled summer term courses are:...
This day course is aimed at beginners and takes place within a genuine working stonemasons' lodge, in the beautiful setting of a medieval church. You will carve a limestone flower that will be yours to take home. As well as learning basic carving techniques most of our customers enjoy learning about the ancient traditions of our guild, that stretches back continuously to 1096. Your tutor, Master Stephen, is one of only twelve international Guild Masters...