Introduction to Lettering & Engraving - Stone Carving Skills



Taught by a monumental mason with years of experience, this practical course introduces the principles of setting out lettering by hand and cutting inscriptions into stone. This is a three hour introductory workshop into the art of lettering and engraving, where you will be able to engrave a letter, number or an organic shape on Portland stone. During the session you will learn how to lay out lettering, how to hold and use the tools correctly to make controlled incisions into the stone where a level of concentration and coordination is required. Suitable designs and templates will be provided, although you are most welcome to bring your own ideas and designs to discuss with the tutor. Courses are held in our purpose built centre at Langton Matravers near Swanage, in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Area is part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World heritage Site, that reaches east to Exmouth, Devon and west to nearby Swanage. Our location is an inspiration in itself: look out east over Swanage Bay towards the Isle of Wight, look north over Nine Barrow and Ballard Down.

What's included in the price?

Stone, tools, apron and safety equipment will be provided. Please wear old clothes and stout shoes or boots. You won’t need to prepare anything in advance or between sessions. The course fee includes complimentary tea and coffee.


3 hours

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