Stone carving for beginners - Weymouth

John and one of his students


John your tutor has over 30 years 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.

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?

Tools and materials are supplied as well as protective safety glasses.
The cost includes hot and cold drinks.


Mr John Davey at Sculptor John Davey

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15 Old Castle Road

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (10:00am to 4:30pm)

Gold Badge
What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


Naomi - - #34664

Me and my mum had a brilliant day carving with John in July. The setting is stunning, John a great teacher and the art of carving is good fun. Highly recommend!

Response from Sculptor John Davey:

Thanks for that Naomi, always a pleasure to pass on the art of stone carving. you all did brilliantly. Great group dynamic. Thanks again for your kind review. John.

Sharon - - #34389

Had a great day with John. A wonderful setting and John provided excellent instruction. Highly recommended.

Response from Sculptor John Davey:

Thanks for that Sharon. Always a pleasure passing on my knowledge of stone carving. Had a great day myself. Hopefully see you again to create another fabulous sculpture. Take care John.

Jane Jackson - - #34379

I attended my 2nd course with John Davey a few weeks ago at the idyllic setting overlooking Portland Harbour. He is such a good tutor and I've been delighted with how my relief sculptures turned out. His passion for stone carving is infectious.

Response from Sculptor John Davey:

Thanks Jane its great to have another happy Student. Shouldn't really be teaching you too many skills! You could become a future stone carving competitor. Really glad you enjoyed yourself. Take care and keep chipping. John.

Paula & Tony - - #34377

We had a great day with John.
He passed on his skills in a way that we could
We both produced a lovely relief carving to display in our garden.
He was attentive,informative with a good sense of humour.
Location was fabulous .would return for anotner session.Thanks John Paula&Tony.

Response from Sculptor John Davey:

Thanks for your kind words Paula, Tony. Was great to have you there. Really enjoyed seeing how your sculptures developed during the day. Was thinking of doing a two day course next year carving a deep relief carving in Maltese Limestone to push sculpting techniques. Will keep you up to date. Take care and keep chipping. John.

Andrew Nicholls - - #34141

If hestitating please book onto this excellant class. I was a complete beginner to stone carving and without any real artistic experience but the host soon put me at ease with their calm manner. They were attentive when needed...which was quite a few times...with a great overall knowledge which they were happy to pass on.
The setting was perfect which helped to inspire what creativity I had in me. Class size was ideal enabling everyone to engage with each other and who were all very supportive.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this class and host.

Response from Sculptor John Davey:

Thank you Andrew for your kind words. I had a really enjoyable day with you all. Great group dynamic and energy. So glad you had an inspiring day. Take care John.

Karen Swain - - #33883

I gave this experience to my husband for his Christmas gift ( he is a builder- retired).
He would recommend the day 100% and had such a good time. John was so good, he it patient and encouraging. If the day was out of five stars he would give him six!
We now have a beautifully carved Portland stone dove. Thank you John

Response from Sculptor John Davey:

Thanks Karen, Arthur. It was a great day passing on my love of stone carving. Its quite exiting to see how my students progress in their skills and watching the sculptures evolve towards their finish.
Well done Arthur, great work. Take care John.

Graham Lant - - #33876

John is an excellent instructor, he is passionate about his skills, everything provided and wonderful location. I took my own design and John was as excited as I was about bring the stone to life. Throughly recommend and will attend the expert course.

Response from Sculptor John Davey:

Thanks for that Graham. I really enjoyed myself as well. Looking forward to meeting you again to hone your stone carving skills. Great sculpture well done you. Do send me a photo of your work when its washed and in place. Take care John.

Jane Jeans & Sue Fudge - - #33869

A thoroughly enjoyable, inspirational, friendly, relaxed and yet so well organised course with everything you needed provided.
John is an excellent tutor. Sue and I have attended a lot of art and craft courses over the years and this is right up there as one of the very best.
Complete novices with regards to Stone carving yet we came home with pieces we were proud of.
Thank you John, we’ll be back!

Response from Sculptor John Davey:

Thanks Jane, Sue the pleasure was all mine. You were both very good students, really enjoyed your company and energy, all creating a very enjoyable group dynamic. I,m both proud and humble to pass on my passion. Hope to see you soon. John.

Hester and Mike Henebury - - #29258

A brilliant day at Sculpture by the Lakes with John Davey, 'having a go' at stone carving for the first time. John was an excellent tutor - very patient, very skilled and knowledgeable. He explained things in simple terms and was incredibly encouraging. We both had a wonderful day and left with our own personal creations, which was most satisfying.

Response from Sculptor John Davey:

The pleasure was all mine Hester, Mike. You both carved some fantastic sculptures. I really enjoy seeing new sculptors discover the craft of stone carving. Passing on my love of stone.

Beki Murphy - - #25226

John is a great tutor. I learnt so much from our one day course at Sculptures by the Lake. He was very patient, taking us through the processes we would require. I am v. pleased with my finished piece. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable course and I would definitely recommend.

Tony - - #22705

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 ….

Kate Adcock - - #21028

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.

Jane Plant - - #20201

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!

Gerard - - #20169

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!

Matt - - #19845

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

Jill nicholas - - #19817

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.

Francis Burns - - #19595

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.

Jane Ayles - - #19594

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!!

Martin - - #19418

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”.

Brenda - - #19415

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.

Pipa - - #19414

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.

Mark J James - - #19234

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!

Susan Stow - - #19230

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,

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