2 Day Relief Carving Course - Stone Carving Inspired By Nature



Spend two days creating a beautiful relief stone carving using plants and nature as inspiration. This course will develop your creativity as well as your craft skills to produce a flowing organic design with overlapping layers. Bring your own design or work from our reference patterns and templates. You can expect a good balance of theory and practical skills, all in a creative and supportive atmosphere with a master craftsman. This is a practical, hands-on class where you will build your skills in the craft of stone carving over two full days and create an expressive design in our local Purbeck stone. You’ll use hand tools to carve a multi-layered relief with overlapping shapes, patterns and textures. Topics will include designing a relief, using a flat chisel to set out your design, creating the illusion of depth, making textures with a claw chisel and using a riffler to smooth your design and add detail. You are welcome to bring along nature images or design sketches for a tablet of stone 20 x 20cm or 30 x 20cm. Your tutor will discuss the suitability of these and help you to ensure they are practical for carving. Patterns and design inspirations will be available for anyone who needs an idea. Stonecarving is easiest done standing up but a stool can be provided for anyone who would find this tiring. Your sense of well-being, achievement and mindfulness is enhanced by the stunning location of our purpose-built centre in the heart of Purbeck in Dorset where Purbeck stone has shaped the landscape, the geology, the history and economy of the area.

What's included in the price?

Stone, tools, and safety equipment will be provided. Please wear old clothes and stout shoes or boots which cover your toes and protect your feet. You don’t have to prepare anything in advance or between sessions, but if you would like to you can prepare a design for a square slab of stone 20 x 20cm or 20 x 30cm. Please bring a packed lunch with you. The course fee includes complimentary teas, coffees and biscuits.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


The home of stone carving. The Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre is a small charitable trust that supports the sharing of skills and the advancement of knowledge associated with Purbeck Stone. Burngate specialises in teaching stone carving for people of all ages and abilities, with courses focusing on creative carving and sculpture, the traditional skills of masonry and the discipline of letter-cutting.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Christmas
  • Stag dos
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Mother's Day
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Parking provided
  • Easter
  • Suitable for beginners
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Burngate Purbeck Stone Centre, Kingston Road, Langton Matravers, Dorset, BH19 3BE