Introduction to letter carving in stone and slate - 3 days



An introduction to letter carving in stone and slate. This three-day course at Highgrove, hosted by Lisi Ashbridge, runs from Friday to Sunday. We will discuss different lettering styles and you will hand draw your own design, learn about what works for which purposes and how to transfer your design onto the material. Then you will be taught the ancient technique of carving letters with a chisel and mallet by hand, resulting in letterforms that are sharp, crisp and can last for centuries. DAY ONE You will have your own workstation where there is space for drawing practice and design work. You will begin by becoming familiar with holding the tools and feeling the material by practicing some general strokes. You might want to try different materials. There will be a talk and slide presentation on design and layout. DAY TWO AND THREE Lisi will help you to develop your own design which you will then transfer onto the stone/slate. Now you are ready to carve your design and be proud of it! ABOUT LISI ASHBRIDGE Lisi Ashbridge set up her letter-carving workshop in Wiltshire 10 years ago. Based on her background in visual recognition, art and design, and inspired by themes as diverse as poetry, history, philosophy, science, and the landscape, Lisi creates a wide range of original and beautifully crafted sculptural carvings for the home, garden, and memorials. The pieces demonstrate her ability to respond to her sense of the spirit of place and, in some instances, also reveal her wonderfully quirky sense of humour. Lisi is a QEST scholar and an elected member of the British Master Cavers Association as well as the Lettering Arts Trust (memorials by artists).

What's included in the price?

This course is suitable for beginners through to intermediate learners. Those with some existing experience may well progress quicker through the first day of experiments. This course is designed for six people. This course will take place at Highgrove Traditional Crafts, Doughton, Tetbury GL8 8TQ. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing that you are happy to be seated in; avoid wearing loose sleeves or loose jewellery; a sturdy pair of shoes or boots will need to be worn. Limited accommodation is available on site. Please message us. If you have any accessibility requirements, please message us.


3 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Highgrove Crafts is part of the King's Foundation. The King’s Foundation provides holistic solutions to challenges facing the world today. We champion a sustainable approach to how we live our lives and build our communities, we run a diverse programme of education and training for all ages and backgrounds, and we regenerate and care for places where communities thrive and that visitors enjoy. The work of The Prince’s Foundation is inspired by His Majesty The King Charles III's philosophy of harmony: that by understanding the balance, the order and the relationships between ourselves and the natural world we can create a more sustainable future. For more than 40 years His Majesty has been at the forefront of championing sustainability. During the last decade the impact of natural resource depletion, climate change and rapid urbanisation has become evident and widely understood. The work of The King’s Foundation is inspired by the belief that only by taking a holistic view can we create a sustainable future to meet the needs of our world.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Parking provided
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The King’s Foundation reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course. This course requires a minimum number of enrollments to run.

Our buildings at Highgrove Crafts are listed historic buildings so we do have some accessibility challenges. If you have any accessibility requirements please do email us on and we will do our utmost to accommodate everyone.

Wear comfortable clothing that you are happy to work practically in. We recommend that you avoid wearing loose sleeves or loose jewellery. Please bring a packed lunch

This course is suitable for beginners through to intermediate learners. Those with some existing experience may well progress quicker through the first day of experiments.


Barley Court, Highgrove Gardens, Doughton, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8TQ