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maltese limestone carving at mount pleasant gardens



Two day Maltese limestone carving sculpture workshop. Courses are run throughout the year.
The course is designed for beginners. We work in a relaxed atmosphere set in ten acres of landscaped gardens. On both days the workshop will start at 10am and finish at 4pm. The gardens are an RHS partner garden.
The workshop is outside but under cover so suitable clothing and strong footwear is recommended. At the end of the weekend the sculptures can be taken home.
We will be using a soft Maltese limestone which although relatively easy to carve is firm and gives good results. The blocks are approximately eleven inch cubes. It is helpful if you come along with an idea or source material in the form of a sketch, photograph or small model as a starting point for your sculpture although it is not necessary to have any definite ideas as these can develop and change throughout the weekend.
Andrew Worthington who runs the courses is a professional sculptor and has been running the workshops for eleven years.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are included in the price. Bring a packed lunch and flask. There is a café within the gardens to purchase hot and cold drinks and snacks.


Andrew Worthington at Andrew Worthington Stone Carving Workshops
Kelsborrow Way
cw6 0np

Suitable for

  • Suitable for beginners
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- - #26549

A fantastic two days in September spent in beautiful surroundings doing something I thought would be very challenging. It was challenging but in the best possible way. Andrew was a very supportive teacher, I never felt I wasn’t doing well and he steered me to create something lovely. It was physically tiring but not as tough as I expected, mentally it was actually sort of comforting. I definitely want another go at creating from stone. Left tired but happy and cannot recommend it highly enough.

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- - #24924

I cannot recommend a better antidote to the stress and hassle of daily life than to become absorbed in transforming stone for hours, lost in a beautiful setting. Andrew's guidance and support to explore the stone, in the way each person wants, works so well. Thank you.

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- - #24748

I’ve been wanting to do one of Andrew's courses for many years. Finally I attended one last week and it was brilliant.

The setting in Mount Pleasant Gardens is stunning. Andrew's individualised teaching style created a relaxed informal atmosphere enabling everyone to master the tools and techniques. A great group of people all left with a sculpture to be proud off. I can hardly believe I’ve made mine!

If you’re pondering on whether to do this course, don’t wait years like I did.

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- - #24629

I was bought this by my daughters as a birthday gift, and it turned out to be an inspired choice.Thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend, it was totally therapeutic. Andrew was an excellent instructor, patient and informative, guiding us all through our various projects. A fun relaxing weekend set in beautiful gardens and a masterpiece to take home at the end. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody.

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- - #24588

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- - #24551

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the stone carving course last week. Andrew’s patience, encouragement and instruction were excellent and I was so pleased with what I achieved over the two days. It was such a lovely venue to learn something new as well, the gardens at Mount Pleasant are stunning. I would definitely like to return for another course.

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- - #24371

I did the stone carving course with Andrew this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Laid back, fun and informative. The other students were a great bunch. I'd really recommend giving it a go.

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- - #24287

We have been on 2 of Andrew’s stone carving courses and have thoroughly enjoyed both weekends.

Andrew is a very laid back teacher and full of encouragement, enthusiasm and humour and knows exactly how to guide you so you feel comfortable with what you are trying to achieve.

We are both really proud of our sculptures and amazed that we could create something out of a block of stone. Andrew was excellent at showing us how to use the various tools and the techniques we needed.

We would highly recommend the course, we met some really lovely people who all encouraged each other and we are looking forward to going back again!

The gardens at Mount Pleasant are also stunning to explore and it’s an added bonus to be able to eat your packed lunch in such a beautiful place.

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- - #24286

Having strolled past the exhibition of carving at Tatton Park Flower Show a couple of years ago, I signed up to go along to one of the workshops. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to create and by the end of the weekend was very pleased with my achievement. The only downside, it left me wanting to do more. Now two years later I'm signed up with a friend to make my next piece. Better prepared this time. So looking forward to the experience again.

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- - #24245

A brilliant weekend trying stone carving for the first time.

A relaxed course with plenty of guidance when required. Andrew provided help with design and all the different tools we used, plus the best way to get a good finish on the piece.
I have something I am proud to display.

The gardens are beautiful too, with a meadow, shady areas, perennials, Japanese garden, tree ferns and a sculpture trail.

Highly recommended. We will be back.

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- - #24230

An excellent course set in a relaxed environment.

I've never done any stonework before but with Andrew's help I was chipping away like a pro in no time.
Very relaxed course with a group of like minded people a few who were back for more (I know I'll be going back).
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the weekend passed in a flash. I was very happy with the sculpture I made which is now enjoying pride of place in my garden.

Gardens were lovely too and well worth a walk around during lunch and finding a nice spot to enjoy it.

I can highly recommend this course to anyone who fancy's a go at stone carving.

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- - #24215

Just back from a fabulous weekend’s workshop with Andrew and amazed what we could achieve in 2 days.

The course is very relaxed in terms of how it is run with 1-1 attention when needed and plenty of encouragement along the way. The 12 of us on the course all came with different ideas and all left with something unique. My arms are aching from the hammer and chisel work but it’s a good ache when you know you have achieved something. I made a block of limestone into some hands that capture the sunlight when at the correct angle, it was maybe a bit ambitious for a first timer but Andrew’s encouragement to go for it and teaching new skills as we individually moved to a new tool and new technique was very good.

Well worth the time and cost, I’ll be back for more!

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