About the Course
John your tutor has over 30yrs experience as a sculptor and stonemason. Teaching stone carving to adults and children in England and France.
The workshops are set up for those wanting to take time, to situate, learn and find pleasure in discovering ways of expression through stone carving.
Providing starting points, encouraging the development of ideas, knowledge, skills, visual awareness and creative potential.
The stone carving courses will give you the opportunity to sculpt a small relief of your own design ( or by using one of my templates ) on a piece of Portland Stone.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Tools and materials are supplied as well as protective safety glasses.
The cost includes hot and cold drinks.
There is also a wide selection of tasty, locally sourced cakes and lunches available in the adjacent White Stones Art Café. All participants receive a 10% discount on food and drinks purchased in the Café.
I had never done anything like this before (I may be a scientist and psychologist, definitely not an artist!) but I loved my taster workshop and being able to discover the curled up cat sleeping a few millimetres below the surface of a beautiful piece of Portland stone: a revelation to passer-bys, viewers, and a miracle to me! John is a great teacher! Thank you! …. and I shall come back next birthday if I may ….
Tony - - #22705
Really enjoyed the day course I did with John at White Stones on Portland recently. Excellent, highly skilled teacher in a relaxed environment. Pleased with my results and would take another course in the future.
Kate Adcock - - #21028
I tried stone carving for the first time with John Davey last Summer. I was a complete novice and apprehensive but every step of the way John offered advice and encouragement. His skill is amazing both as a mason and a teacher. I would recommend him to everyone as a brilliant introduction to this art. Also ask to see his portfolio as all his work is inspirational!
Jane Plant - - #20201
I spent a fantastic day learning to carve Portland Stone with John. I was really surprised at what I accomplished as a complete beginner. An amazing Celtic Knotwork relief carving. Which I proudly display on my mantelpiece. John passed on his passion and love of stone carving with great skill and patience. I'm hooked!
Gerard - - #20169
A great patient teacher, who passed on his knowledge of the tools used and type of stone to be carved, anyone can easily carve under johns instructions, a great way to spend a morning, well recommended
Matt - - #19845
I have now done two of John’s courses and booked a third! A very relaxing way to learn a new skill with an end product to take home. Definitely something to be recommended.
Jill nicholas - - #19817
John is a fantastic artist and an exceptional teacher. He seems to really understand YOU, as an individual, and to give you exactly what you need to achieve your goals. Nothing is rushed -- everything is paced beautifully. Nothing is skipped -- you get all the knowledge and skill you need to get the results. And not only do you come away with a sense of accomplishment in the art you have created, more importantly, you also come away with an unshakeable CERTAINTY in the new set of skills you have acquired and the feeling that doors have opened into a whole new world of creativity. I highly recommend this workshop to all -- EVERYONE can benefit from this.
Francis Burns - - #19595
I had a great day last summer on John's beginners carving course.
John is a very patient and experienced tutor, explaining the various techniques to enable me to produce my first carving (which I got to take home).
Thoroughly enjoyed it, give it a go and unlock your inner creativity!!
Jane Ayles - - #19594
I did a workshop mid-June in Weymouth and really enjoyed it. The workstation was laid out well for easy usage. John was inspirational and very helpful as this was my first time. I brought home a piece of work that I’m very proud of and my wife loves. This course is definitely worth doing and is worthwhile”.
Martin - - #19418
I recently did a workshop with John, it was an amazing experience, John was so patient, and explained things in laymen terms. After two hours of chipping and Johns expert help I walked away with a beautiful yacht set in Portland stone. I can honestly say it’s probably one of the things I am most proud of. I defiantly will be going to another of Johns workshops.
Brenda - - #19415
Having never done anything like this before, I was full of trepidation but Jonh was great. I learned so much, I went from beginner to smug in just a few hours. John gave me the tools to crest a satisfying carving. I would recommend this course to anyone. Thank you.
Pipa - - #19414
A brilliant hands-on introduction to stone carving from a very talented teacher. The small classes and the individual tuition John brings to the course, allows you to express your inner self through the ancient art of stone carving. Highly recommended for the absolute beginner or someone who wants to develop a little further!
Mark J James - - #19234
I really enjoyed my Beginners' Stone Carving Workshops and am now the proud owner of three Portland stone carvings in my garden. John is a gifted and patient teacher who adapts his teaching to the skill level of his students. If you are interested in trying stone carving, I would thoroughly recommend John's workshops,
Susan Stow - - #19230
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