An Introduction to Letter Carving in Wood



Come and learn the principles of how to carve letters in wood and go home with a roman numeral you have carved in oak or a single word sign. Stephen has been teaching for over ten years having learned letter carving from the monks of Downside Abbey. In this day long course you will learn how to carve capital letters by training in lime or tulipwood. You will then move to a Roman numeral of the year of your choice in oak. Everyone carves at different speeds so if time allows you can then begin a single word sign. As letter-carving involves the use of very sharp tools (part of the course will cover sharpening) please do not sign up for this course if you are unable to handle sharp tools safely! Tutor Information Stephen Stokes, has been teaching letter-carving full-time for the last ten years, based at his Bodden Cross Studios in Somerset. A career in media took him all over the world, each time returning to the workshop. His work now appears in diverse locations around the world. “My greatest pleasure is witnessing the flame lit in a soul when working with their hands and realising they have a creative talent."

What's included in the price?

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


2 days (9:00am to 4:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Accommodation offered
  • Parking provided
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
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Dillington House, , Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9DT