Soap stone is a soft stone that is perfect for beginners and intermediates as it is softer than other stones and you can use basic tools such as rasps, knives, lino and clay tools. Soap stone is popular around the world and was and is still used by local tribes/ inuits to carve simple forms. Ruth will guide you through the many processes and explain the tools and techniques that are required to sculpt this beautiful material. We will begin by practising on a small piece and move onto a larger stone. You can choose to focus on a 2d piece with intricate detail or a larger 3d piece. Soap stone carving is very slow and therefore we work on mini sculptures or you may need to take it home and finish it off ( tools will be advised or maybe available to buy) Once the stone has been shaped and smoothed we use a series of wet and dry sandpaper to sand out all of the scratches and work the detail back into the stone. This is a very important step. Once this is done properly, we seal the stone. This workshop is so much fun and you will be amazed at the transformation from a dusty rock to a stunning ( almost gem stone like) finish. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or intermediates of any age. I recently ran this workshop at the prestigious V&A museum in London which was very well received. It ran over 2 days which worked well for a larger or detailed project. I have created a one day or 2 day option. I look forward to carving with you in my own Woodland Art Space in Bramley, Guildford, Surrey. Please note that this is dusty, so please wear old clothes, apron and dust mask if needed, although we are outside.

What's included in the price?

Soap stone Tools Drinks and snacks


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Tutor can travel
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Stag dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
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Birtleywoodlandartspace, Birtley Road, Bramley, Surrey, GU50LB