Letter Carving in Wood for Beginners

Wood Letter Carving


The course will allow the student to learn the basic skills to carve letters in wood. Most students will complete an A4 sized sign in the two days, but this will depend on the number & size of letters the student chooses to carve. Students will go home with their significant date in Roman Numerals and their A4 sign and the knowledge & tools required to finish it at home if required.

Additional charges: Tools for the course will be supplied for students to use, but there will be an additional cost for the timber (£10 – £25), which will be available for students to buy on the day, pre-cut to an A4 size. The type of wood students choose will depend on where the sign will be displayed. If you want to source your own timber, please remember that the grain running horizontally is easier to carve than with the grain running vertically across the surface of your piece. Carving end grain is very difficult and quite a challenge for a beginner.

Tutor Information
Stephen Stokes, taught by the monks of Downside Abbey, has been teaching letter-carving full-time for the last seven years, based at his Bodden Cross Studios in Somerset. A career in media took him all over the world, each time returning to his workshop to find creative fulfilment. His work now appears in diverse locations around the world from Canterbury Cathedral to the Bruton Art Factory “My greatest pleasure is witnessing the flame lit in a soul when working with their hands and realising they have an innate creative talent.”

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Includes tuition, three course hot/cold buffet lunch, refreshments.


Bookings team at Dillington House. Somerset County Council
Dillington House
TA19 9DT

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users

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