Relaxing, creative and enjoyable stone carving course for beginners or intermediates in a beautiful location, in Gloucestershire, idyllic rural setting in Cotswold Area of outstanding natural beauty.
Awaken your sleeping creativity!
Take home your own unique carving for your garden or house.
Two day affordable stone carving courses, held most weekends, or in the week upon request outdoors, or under cover or inside heated studio with experienced teacher and stone sculptor Sebastian Rasch.
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Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Stone included, tuition and use of tools.
Tea, coffee, homemade apple juice.
2 days (9:00am to 4:00pm)
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Highly recommended and well worth the long trip from Newcastle. I also think it would be ideal therapy for anyone needing to clear their head from life’s stresses/anxieties for a while as it is totally absorbing.
My wife and I are total novices so had no idea whether we’d be able to produce anything at all other than a pile of stone chippings. We ended up feeling very proud of our creations thanks to Sebastion’s expert guidance and encouragement along the way. He has a very nice relaxed and friendly approach and is happy to provide whatever level of guidance you want.
We would happily go again
Peter & Paula Davis
What a great experience. Managed to book the two days for during the week as it was more convenient.
Sebastian was very helpful as my wife and I had never done stone carving before and he was always on hand for advice.
We both threw ourselves into it as that's the best way to approach an experience like this and we are very happy with what we produced.
Our work is already located throughout our garden.
Would definitely recommend this stone carving course to anyone.
Many thanks Sebastian for making the 2days great fun!!
A thoroughly enjoyable but very tiring weekend; I can’t remember the last time I came home so dusty, if ever.
Sebastian chivvied me along when I thought I would never get anywhere in the given time, and it all worked out well in the end with a lovely ball-flower. A bonus is that the inside even looked like a rose!
I sometimes felt that I was left to make a decision on how much more was needed to be done on a particular stage of the carving, when I personally would have liked him to tell me ‘do this till it looks like that’ but that may be because I’m not in anyway arty or crafty, where he is.
What a wonderful few days with Sebastian. He is a fabulous teacher, incredibly knowledgeable and inspirational. Absolutely recommend this course and I will definitely be back!
Loved this two day course from start to finish. Sebastian encouraged our creativity and guided us so we were able to realise our intentions in Cotswold stone, in a relaxed and supportive environment. I would definitely recommend this course and to come away with a self made sculpture was a bonus!
We had a fantastic weekend stone carving in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. I had no experience to speak of and was impressed by the end result.
Sebastian was lovely and patient with us, always there to guide us in the right direction if needed.
I didn't know stone carving could be so relaxing and at the same time satisfying.
We had a fantastic weekend stone carving in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. I had no experience to speak of and was impressed by the end result.
Sebastian was lovely and patient with us, always there to guide us in the right direction if needed.
I didn't know stone carving could be so relaxing and at the same time satisfying.
Had an amazing family weekend creating various forms from limestone- loved the venue-felt very comfortable very quickly after small intros- what I liked most was the ethos- Sebastian is there to provide experience, wisdom, top tips to try and avoid catastrophes but also reassure that mistakes can turn into unique happy accidents that make your piece individual and special! I liked the freedom we had to ‘have a go’ but also a quiet eye kept on us to provide advice as required.
Chipping, adzing(?) rasping and riffling and the 2 days went too quickly as we got absorbed into what we were doing- weekend flew by but all three of us went home with something we felt really pleased with. Highly recommended. Will definitely attend again.
Fantastic weekend. Didn't matter about the weather - soon found myself so engrossed with carving a Buddha from a block of limestone. There was a brief introduction and explanation of tools but after that we all started our own projects and Sebastian was always on hand with suggestions and support when needed. Wonderful calming atmosphere, very relaxed throughout. So pleased with my Buddha. Would totally recommend this course.
Heard about this fantastic course through a friend and it certainly exceeded expectations. Lovely setting, incredibly relaxing environment. After a some practice with the tools on a piece of scrap stone, and some pointers from Sebastian on how achievable my design was in the time, i choose my stone and began to carve. Sebastian is as involved as you want him to be, he gives great un-patronising advice on how best to complete what you would like to do within your abilities. Everyone went home with a unique sculpture made by them. Definitely booking again. My piece even got house room when I got home !!!!
A really great course - Sebastian is a brilliant teacher and genuinely amazed at how much can be achieved in just two days. Brilliant fun, would recommend!
Excellent tuition, allowing us to make individual pieces of work independently. A wide range of tools available were demonstrated so we could make our own informed choices. Constant one-to-one guidance and support, but not pressured or overbearing. Very friendly teacher and lovely ro work with other people so you are able to share successes and ideas, as well as make new friends. Highly recommended.
Beautiful setting and Tutor Sebastian has a Light touch grounded in huge experience. Lots of inspiration from the carvings in the grounds and a sweet shop of uncut stone to choose from to take home when you’ve enjoyed so much you need to do another carving!
Loved it, learnt a lot. The company and space was great.
We had a wonderful weekend, coming as complete novices and leaving with sculptures we never imagined we would achieve as well as a heightened appreciation of the skill involved in quality work. Sebastian’s approach was ideal - he was very supportive: always willing to suggest or advise when needed and also leaving us to get absorbed in the work uninhibited. He got the balance just right. We would highly recommend this course without any reservations.
My ten year old son, Noah, and I have just had the pleasure of attending this two day stone carving course with Sebastian. We both had the most wonderful time learning new skills & being creative. Sebastian's tuition and advice were perfectly pitched allowing us the time and freedom to develop our own ideas but offering guidance when we needed it. We were both delighted with our finished pieces and can't wait to experiment more at home.
Sebastian's input was light touch and very, very supportive and informative, I felt so much space to explore and be creative in my own way. I was so engaged and deeply absorbed in the work, which was fascinating, experimenting with tools and techniques. The setting was so pretty and we felt so engaged and relaxed. Couldn't recommend this highly enough.
Sebastian's gentle encouragement and advice enabled me - as a complete beginner - to produce something i could be proud of in just 2 days! The atmosphere is relaxed and perfect for a voyage of discovery. Thank you Sebastian for an excellent weekend.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 day stone carving course with Sebastian. The location was wonderful and Sebastian gave us lots of encouragement to allow ourselves to think freely and create something unique. As is usual with me, I got disheartened on the first day, when I just couldn’t seem to get the shaping needed, but Sebastian very patiently guided me along, and the result is a stone cat which I’m very pleased with.
I’d definitely recommend this course to anybody who wants to try their hand at stone carving- having two days to work on your creation means less pressure to finish.
I’m glad I went with an idea in mind of what I wanted to make- I’m not sure I could’ve just thought of something on the day.
Really enjoyed the 2 day course but felt a little more guidance at the very start would have been useful - how to use the individual tools etc. It was left to the individual to bring ideas, but it was a little difficult to gauge how complex or simple these needed to be, overall a fun day and a very different skill to learn
Beautiful views, friendly instructor. Lovely course to go on as an introduction to stone carving or to develop your skills further
Good Morning Sebastian. I thoroughly enjoyed our 2 day sculpture course.
I found it friendly, educational and comfortable. Lovely surroundings although we had nice weather not sure about a windy wet day!
it must be difficult to judge who is a recreational attendee and someone who wants to learn a new skill and take it forward.
You struck the right balance of tutoring and enjoyment. Thank you very much.
Great week-end in a beautiful and relaxing environment. We first got explained the different tools and stones then got to test those tools to get a feel for it. We used Cotswold stone which is quite soft and made stone carving very enjoyable. Then we started our own little project and went to complete it over the end of the 2 day course. Sebastian is very knowledgeable and helped us using the right techniques for our project which means we all went home with a very respectable first piece of stone carving!
I would like to thank Sebastian for a fantastic 2 day sculpture course...
I have never done anything like this before so was thrilled when my friend bought me a course for my birthday, I didn’t know what to expect and was slightly worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it but I did not need to worry...
Sebastian is an excellent tutor he is relaxed and very encouraging a very kind man I ended up with a sculpture to take home that I felt very surprised and happy with thanks to his help.
The other bonus is the location is beautiful, I found the whole thing so relaxing and therapeutic, tea and biscuits were on offer at regular intervals.
I can’t wait to go back again! I would recommend anyone to go and experience this course!
Thank you Sebastian for your patience.
Such a beautiful experience. Sebastian is a great, supportive teacher. The surroundings are idillic, and the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Albeit with plenty of motivation on completing our projects.
Thoroughly enjoyed this two day stone carving course, a great way to relax and spend time in the countryside peace and quiet. Sebastian is an excellent tutor allowing us to experiment on a spare block of stone with all the tools before we were let loose on our sculpture stone following our own inspirations. My sculpture exceeded my expectations and I feel very proud of it.
The whole experience was fabulous from start to end. Sebastian is an excellent teacher and guides you through the techniques you needs to produce a piece os sculpture by the end of the two days.
The workshop is situated in a beautiful rural setting, so peaceful.
I am definitely going back again before too long!
This was the first time I had done any stone carving. The setting for the course was very peaceful and Sebastian was very informative about stone and the tools needed to work it as well as how to translate my chosen design onto the stone. Altogether it was a relaxing weekend course with to my surprise a pleasing piece of sculpture. Thank you Sebastian.
The woodland setting is lovely and the workshop uses clever ideas such as 3 legged tree trunk stand to work the stones on. Sebastian has a wealth of knowledge and experience of stone carving from around the world. There is an array of tools, many of which Sebastian had made himself and using them on a spare piece of stone was the best way to learn what marks they could make. Then it was choosing your stone from the many scattered around, making a clay model of your design and making a start. Sebastian was on hand with advice when you needed him. It was very relaxed and totally absorbing. I have been inspired to do more and highly recommend the course.
Had a great time and learnt a lot. I was the only person on the weekend before Christmas, and Sebastian looked after me famously. His yard is a fascinating place and beautifully situated. Good introduction to stonecarving. Sebastian leaves you to get on with your own idea, interjecting regularly with comments and suggestions.
This experience was great. Brilliant weekend would do it again
Sebastian was excellent very helpful
I was very lucky because I was the only one on the course.
Would highly recommend it
Thanks again Sebastian
A very enjoyable weekend in a lovely orchard. Hard work but everyone ended up with a great sculpture. The advice Sebastian gives is spot on, customised and keeps you going in the right direction. Recommended to try even if you have not done this before.
Had a very enjoyable and productive experience on Sebastian’s 2day Stone-carving course.
He is an engaging and excellent teacher who believes in “learning by doing” and within a short time, every member of our small group was actively working on pieces of stone. This familiarised students with using the tools and the feel of the stone. Everyone then chose a piece of stone from the large selection available, personal tools, gloves and eye protection were given out - and the carving commenced. All the while, Sebastian was on hand and available for guidance, advice and encouragement. His heated rustic studio and outdoor working areas set in a small orchard made a perfect setting. Tea, coffee (and cake) breaks as well. The two days passed all too quickly, with each student taking home their project at the end.
My advice to anyone thinking of joining this course would be not to hesitate - just do it !
This was a really fun and absorbing couple of days. I've never worked in stone before, so it was fascinating to learn different ways of shaping the stone. I had decided to make an abstract shape, and unwisely hadn't made an initial model so Sebastian's suggestions helped me enormously. Highly recommended!
A great course in lovely surroundings. The tutor gave just the right amount of tuition, leaving the student to proceed with their own designs but always on hand to help and answer questions. I chose a piece of stone which was too big to finish in two days so maybe this could have been pointed out to me. Having said that, I do now have the basic skills needed to finish on my own. I would definitely recommend this course for anyone interested in stone carving.
This is a GREAT course! Sebastian's studio in the countryside was a perfect setting for 2 days of carving.
Managed to make a few small pieces over the weekend.
Highly recommended - and i'll be back for another go next year!
A fabulous weekend. The setting is enchanting, with loads of examples of stone sculptures set out in the woodland clearing to take inspiration from. I could hardly believe that from starting with a chunk of stone that it was possible to create a piece of art that I will always be proud of. Sebastian was generous with ideas and techniques to help me develop a stone sculpture that gradually evolved during the two days. Needless to say there was a fair amount of elbow grease needed but I was aware of that. It had been several years since I had done any stone sculpture, however the methods soon came back to me and I very much enjoyed participating in this workshop. Thanks to Sebastian for this lovely weekend.
A friend recommended this Stone Carving course after seeing her stone sculptures in her garden.
The course is great fun, very hands-on - in a lovely rural setting.
But the real alchemy is what you create in 2 days! Sebastian’s sculptures are there to inspire and he has a great teaching style, gently encouraging you as you see your vision transform in your hands! Lots of tea & home-made apple juice to keep you going. Thank you Sebastian for a memorable 2 days. We will be back.
I absolutely loved the stone carving course and would recommend it to anyone. Sebastian gave us just the right amount of advice and guidance and we were able to get on with it try for ourselves right from the start- I’d never done anything like it before and was delighted by what I managed to achieve. The course is located in a lovely setting and Sebastian is a really nice guy. The whole weekend was very relaxing and I felt really exhilarated by the end!
My son and I attended the course as complete beginners. Sebastian was great, provided lots of guidance and encouragement. The weekend was really relaxed and suitable for all ages. We both had a fantastic time and we are so pleased with our stonecarvings and what we managed to achieve. I would strongly recommend this course, my son wants to do it again already!
Lovely setting , and a pleasant laidback method of teaching.Overall a very enjoyable experience.
It is no wonder why this course is in the 'Platinum Award' category. I spent 2 great days with Sebastian and other lovely people who took the same course. In a pleasant and peaceful setting, you forget your problems and focus only on your own project. I guarantee that you will never understand how time will have passed by the end of the second day.
Sebastian is an easygoing and helpful person. His approach is not based on imposing a set of instructions on you, rather he listens to you, and understands what you want to achieve. He is very supportive. Whenever you need help, he is right next to you. He is also a very kind person. I am so very thankful to him.
I learned so much in these 2 days and I am definitely going to be back. If you are new to stone masonry and want to give it a go, please do not think about it, just book it!
We had an amazing weekend at the site near Cheltenham. It was wonderful to work on a sculpture in a setting like that. Beautiful wooden structures made by Sebastian with found pieces of wood and doors of other buildings. Sculpture and stone lying around in grass fields for you to explore or just to be surrounded by.
We felt very welcome and supported, Sebastian showed us the tools and helped us figure out what we wanted to do/how to do it. It was very laid back, we could work on our own ideas, but whenever there was something difficult we could ask for help or Sebastian would give advice. We both think we got quite far with our sculpture/ I think mine is even finished. You can really achieve something in two days.
Our group was small and intimate, it was a nice atmosphere. We had nice chats during lunch and coffee breaks.
I would recommend everyone who want try out sculpture/stonecarving Sebastian's course. We made some great memories.
I recommend this course to anyone who would like to extend their creativity or to those of your who feel they don't have a creative bone in their body! You will be very surprised at what you can achieve. The venue was wonderfully peaceful, set amidst open fields of sheep and cattle. This atmosphere immediately created calm and peace. Sebastian's huge knowledge, enthusiasm and excellent tuition, together with breaks for tea, coffee and biscuits made the weekend the most enjoyable I've experienced for a very long time. I shall certainly be going again. Many thanks Sebastian.
I wanted to learn more about ancient Roman stone carving methods in the Cotswolds area and what better way to do it than getting hands on and actually carving some stone in the Cotswolds!
Sebastian listened to why all attendees were there and what they hoped to get out of the course. He provided pointers and refinement tips, as well as carving technique for our ideas. He provided excellent individual and group direction to everyone and distributed confidence amongst us when it was needed.
The course is run in a fantastic and accessible location, just off the M5. Sebastian's studio is amazing (be sure to check out his hand carved sink) and set in a lovely location with cover from rain. There are tea/coffee and toilet facilities as well as parking. Sebastian has implemented covid measures well and you can hang on to your tools all weekend so that nobody else touches them.
I came away with a deeper understanding of Roman carving and now even have one of my own. Absolutely 10/10.
Excellently taught, lots of encouragement and guidance when needed and a great venue. 10/10 - thanks Sebastian
Wow what a brilliant two days spent in the open air with sheep grazing around us, absolute bliss.
A wonderful atmosphere to learn a new skill, stonecarving. The space was perfect for social distancing, I felt very safe with our own tools and plenty of soap and water for hand washing.
The stonecarving itself was so much better than I expected, I am not an artist, have no experience with stone, and yet came home with a fantastic sculpture. Sebastian is very good at encouraging and leads you into being confident.
Go on give it a go. It really is a great two days, I am definitely going to do another course for sure.
I’m still in the calm/content state the weekend put me in! The beautiful outdoor setting was conducive to being creative, the tuition was informative and supportive yet we were all encouraged to express ourselves in a unique manner. I nearly didn’t attend the weekend as I had a plaster cast on my broken ankle but Sebastian couldn’t have done more for me to ensure I was able to participate effectively. I had a foot rest to keep my leg elevated, very easy access to the tools I needed and he kept an eye on my progress so I didn’t need to get up to seek help. We all agreed that we would return in the future for another workshop as we felt it was good value for money and were all delighted with our creations. If you are considering doing a creative workshop I would wholeheartedly recommend you book this one, you won’t regret it.
Excellent and interesting course where you have all the support you need to get hands on and do real sandstone sculptures. Very practical and you leave the course with enough skills and confidence to keep building on what you’ve learnt when you get back home.
Awesome! Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and learnt loads. My wife is impressed by my finished masterpiece. Sebastian was a excellent tutor. I will be back!
A thoroughly enjoyable weekend developing new skills, meeting interesting people, and finding that stone carving is even more approachable, fun and rewarding than I had suspected. The peaceful surroundings were delightful to work in, and the gentle pace allowed one to relax into the process. Sebastian's tuition and guidance was well-judged and supportive. I was especially grateful for his thoughtful suggestions that helped rescue my work when it was heading off the rails a bit. Wholeheartedly recommended.
Brilliant course in a relaxed, inspirational environment in picturesque Gloucestershire. Sebastian is extremely helpful and guides you through the whole process of achieving your very own stone carving. Really enjoyed the two days. Many thanks, Matt
I can definitely recommend this course. Set in a beautiful location and Sebastian was an excellent teacher. We really had the chance to play and really get to know the materials and a feel for the tools. I came away with something I'm proud of... but also more importantly, the basic skills to get started on my own.
What a chilled and chiselled weekend!
We spent two very invigorating days; mentally and physically, being softly guided through the introduction to an untried craft skill by the delightful Sebastian.
He is not your conventional teacher, by his own admission, but he managed to develop nascent stonemason skills in seven novices - all of whom left on the Sunday afternoon feeling so happy and
pleased with new found abilities clutching their own piece of art.
Thank you Sebastian, thank you to my fellow chisellers and thank you to my long term friend,
John, who gave me the gift of the weekend.
Fabulous weekend course. Enjoyed every minute. Didn’t think I would be able to achieve what I did, or enjoy it so much! Relaxed course run effectively by Sebastian. Recommended very highly.
For once the reviews are true! This course is a great introduction to stone carving and Sebastian is an excellent tutor, providing guidance when needed but otherwise stepping back to allow you to discover your creative side. Despite not having an artistic bone in my body I managed to create an animal sculpture with real personality, thanks in no small part to Sebastian's gentle but enthusiastic encouragement. I'm really pleased with the result and would happily recommend the course to anyone and everyone.
Thank you Sebastian. We both really enjoyed the course. It was an Idyllic setting and we were lucky to have excellent weather. Sebastian was inspirational and gave really good teaching and guidance. this course is very good value - we will be back.
Sebastian is great and allows you the freedom to create something amazing, giving advice here and there. Wonderful location, rural setting. Don’t expect luxury but adventure instead! Exhilarating!
I love what I made and it takes pride of place in my garden.
Stone sculpture is dusty, wear old clothes. Definitely recommend the venue!
Follow the theme of all the reviews. Yes it is an inspiring, active, calming and fulfilling weekend. We went as a family of four to mark our 30th wedding anniversary. Time together, as stayed locally, and four very different sculptures as a permenant reminder. Thank you Sebastian.
Two very enjoyable days carving stone by hand in the great outdoors, Sebastian did not over cook the instructions, allowing us to get on with it and offering instruction and advising as we went along.
If you are looking to get plenty of hands on stone carving and dust in your boots this is just the course for you.
A fabulous 2 day course, in a wonderful setting just below the Cotswolds edge. From the outset, Sebastian did an excellent job at getting us to be free to express ourselves, without any formal constraints as to how we should create our masterpieces! All 7 of us on the course seemed relaxed and we got on well, and all produced something to be proud of at the end of 2 excellent days. A great selection of hand tools (same hand made by Sebastian himself), and just enough tuition, for us to explore the use of these tools without being too prescriptive. Thoroughly excellent and recommended.
This was a wonderful introduction to stone carving. The atmosphere was very relaxed and Sebastian really made it easy to just 'have a go'. There was also space to be creative to achieve one's aim, and I came away with something I was happy with. It was also cool to have the sheep looking on! Loved every minute! Thank you to Sebastian and to the 3 encouraging class mates :)
We had a delightful two days with Sebastian and were very lucky with the weather which helped! Inspirational!
I had not done any stone carving before and found the guidance
given by Seb. to be most helpful. It was good to talk through
my project and exchange ideas, not only with Seb. but also with the
other students. As there were only 4 of us the attention
we received great.
It was an great spot and as the weather was good we were able to
work out in the open under the trees.
What better way to spend 2 days in the sun shine and come away with a completed
A great way to try sculpting for the first time, with light touch tuition and a very relaxed atmosphere in a great setting.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Great location, relaxed atmosphere, excellent tutor and the weather was on our side too!
Great course, great location. Amazing how much can be achieved in 2 days with expert guidance and with a sense that it would be a lifetime to master. Go with a vision and be ambitious.
This was my first attempt at stone carving and I was very pleased with the way the course worked. Short introduction to fellow course members and tools by Sebastian then right into having a go. Sebastian is very helpful with advice on how to progress with our various ideas of what we wanted to make. I have been inspired to have a go at home Facilities are simple and working in the outdoors on a lovely sunny weekend was ideal. Indoor facilities are available if the weather's not so good.
Great - thank you Sebastian
We really enjoyed the stone sculpting course. A great opportunity to do something we hadn't done before. We found that Sebastian struck a nice balance of showing us the basics before getting started, support with coming up with a workeable original design, and advice and techniques for carving and then finishing our sculptures. We are really pleased with the end results. Combined with the lovely surroundings made for a great weekend. Thanks.
It was a very satisfying weekend on many levels. The setting and weather was perfect. The freedom to explore stone carving was a new experience for eight of the nine of us attending. Sebastian got the balance just right with his help, encouragement and suggestions. The range of sculptures produced were very varied and we all seemed very pleased with our efforts. The group were all very friendly and were all happy to spend time keeping an eye on each others work and discussing as the pieces evolved.
Thank you Sebastian, I had a great time and would be happy to recommend this course to everyone.
John Adlam, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
My second weekend course with Sebastian. Once again great, patient tuition, in a most peaceful and beautiful setting. The 9 students all went away with pieces they were pleased with, so varied in concept and execution.
Many thanks Sebastian for helping get the bird into the van...
Hoping to be back for a further workshop!!
A really enjoyable two days in a Gloucestershire field and we all went home with a sculpture we had designed and made ourselves - including abstracts, birds and a gorgeous sleeping dragon. I loved the process of chipping away at the softish Bath stone and then carving and sanding. Sebastian was always on hand with advice about which tools to use when and to remind you to stand back and have a good look at your work.
Really fun and relaxing new experience. 2 days just flew by. Not that creative but ended up with a piece I was pleased about and the direction and encouragement given by Sebastian was excellent.
Thanks for yet another fun sculpting weekend. It does great things for my soul! You are very patient!
I will send a picture when there is some sunlight!
Really enjoyed the course, tuition was excellent in a great environment.
Very good introduction to stone sculpture, my 12 year old son absolutely loved it and definitely wants to do again! Sebastian gave him excellent guidance, but just as importantly allowed freedom to experiment in his own way. We are now acquiring tools! We both really enjoyed it and felt we had achieved something, and from my point of view as a complete beginner working 3D! I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to try sculpting for the first time.
Thoroughly enjoyed my 2 days of Training. New experience, nice venue, helpful advice and good company. Thank you Sebastian Rasch, hope to return before the year is out.
The course was set in beautiful peaceful surroundings and although we were lucky with the weather, it would have been a very calming meditative experience regardless.
Sebastian has a very calm relaxed approach to leading the sessions and after an interesting introduction and background to the course with a quick practise on scrap stone, we were left to be as free and creative as we liked with any of the tools set out available to us.
The area had lots of beautiful carvings and sculptures to draw on as inspiration made by Sebastian, but setting your aim low to start with is best. Its tiring work, but very meditative and I found myself losing track of time as I was so engrossed in removing little pieces of limestone here and there on the block provided.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone and everyone to have a break from work, feel good, calm your mind and have something to show at the end of it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the two day course and was surprised by what I and fellow novices actually achieved in a fairly short space of time with Sebastian's calm guidance and encouragement to 'embrace your inner stonemason'. It was all very relaxed and I would encourage anyone to give it a go. I met some charming people and we had plenty of laughs. Thank you Sebastian.
Like others have said ... I found the course really enjoyable and Sebastian's input was just right for me. He was informative yet relaxed and not overbearing but nudged me in the right direction when needed.
I will now be doing some carving in my retirement!
Excellent course - I was given this as a brithday present and throughly enjoyed the 2 days. I'm amazed that I was able to produce something that looked vaguely like a hedgehog, carved out of a block of bathstone, in just 2 days. It has inspired me to try carving a house name once I find a suitable piece of stone. The setting is lovely and the whole experience relaxing yet fun. I'd certainly recommend anyone to give it a try.
I was an absolute beginner. Wonderful venue and setting, perfect weather. A real treat to be introduced to stone carving. Really surprised and pleased with what I was able to create over the weekend. Well worth a try.
I really enjoyed my time there. There was plenty of freedom to try out things beforehand and Sebastian was always on hand if you needed advice on your art piece. Really pleased with what I made.
I really enjoyed the weekend, despite some unkind weather. A totally new and refreshing experience, working with stone for the first time (in a former prison yard, appropriately). Under Sebastian's friendly and unhurried guidance we were supported, encouraged and advised, never lectured; he wanted us to experiment with the tools and techniques with total freedom as to the outcome. I was surprised how easy it was to work the Bath stone, even with wood-working chisels, for example, so progress was quicker than I had expected. We all got on really well together, offering each other advice and constructive criticism while at work and chinwagging during the breaks. Highly recommended.
I had been thinking of a suitable gift for a close friend's special birthday. We both enjoy making and I noticed Sebastian's advert on a canal walk one day. I enrolled the pair of us and we were not disappointed. The setting was idyllic. Close to the Cotswold hills nestling in a small orchard amid reclaimed sheds and studios the entire site was a montage of stone. Some dressed, some rough hewn and some carved. With plenty of space inside and outside the seven of us were introduced to each other and Sebastian's unconventional approach to stone carving. What was amazing was the collection of tools, some home fashioned and some from a previous life. With regular breaks to socialise we soon felt like one big happy family. The outcomes of the weekend were diverse and surprising. Without exception we all achieved something beyond our wildest dreams. Thank you Sebastian for being encouraging, supportive, knowledgeable and skilful.
A delightful weekend. It commenced with a chat to say why we were all there, so we then felt we were pals who all knew each other. Relaxing at tea breaks and lunch was then with a company of friends.
Our stonecarving was aided by Sebastian's experience and excellent knowledge and all the tools we could possibly need were to hand. His tuition was excellent. We all produced our own special work - a sheer pleasure to see at the end of a most enjoyable and absorbing weekend. I would recommend it to everyone.
Two days of a great stone carving course in a warm and friendly stidio. I loved the place on the edge of the Cotswolds. Sebastian's expert but easy going tuition helped me get the satsifaction of bringing a picture out of a piece of stone. Highly recommended, a wonderful and rewarding way to spend two days of your life. Suitable for the complete beginner or those who already had some experience of stone carving.
I thoroughly enjoyed Sebastians stone carving course. It was a full two day adventure of creating a sculpture from a block of stone. Sebastian is a warm, thoughtful and easy going chap who made everyone feel very welcome and I would have no hesitation in recommending friends or family to give the course a go.
Thank you for sharing your passion and knowledge. I truly enjoyed your company and teaching.
It really was a profoundly experiencial weekend. My first ever piece of stonework is
Male and Female as a whole and i am so pleased with it.
We had a fantastic weekend, with the right amount of information and practical help. Sebastian was great, being encouraging and supportive as well as giving precise directions when requested. He has an approachable, relaxed manner, which allowed us to explore and find our way in what was, for us a totally new and unfamiliar adventure. We each managed to almost complete the piece of work and we feel confident that we will finish it either at home or come back for another great weekend. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Sebastian welcomed us to his lovely site and introduced me to my fellow pupils who soon became friends as we shared coffee and lunch.
I was advised and helped when needed and left to work alone when able. We interacted as a group and discussed our work as we progressed.
I choose a simple piece and came away with a nearly finished piece. However I have been inspired to tackle a more complicated work and Sebastian sold me a block on stone to bring home ( at a very reasonable price).
I am in my mid 70s and feel that this course can be undertaken by all ages.
Wonderful weekend. The place is delightful and easy to travel to, everyone was friendly and Sebastian was very helpful. Well worth the money, and I’m really proud of my carving!
What a brilliant weekend we had. Sebastian is the most gentle and most supportive teacher I have worked with in a long time. From arriving knowing nothing about stone carving I left with a sculpture I’m very proud of. Sebastian started by hearing what all our hopes of the weekend were, then introduced us to his approach and the tools. We began with a practice piece of stone which really helped me get over my nervousness of working with the stone and getting it wrong! At our own pace we then chose a piece of stone from lots of different shapes and sizes on offer. And the weekend then flew, we were so absorbed in the stone and in our work and Sebastian was always there with un-intrusive support. We all created such different pieces and they were all wonderful. The whole atmosphere and location couldn’t be better. I highly recommend you book this course with Sebastian as soon as you can.
Really great weekend if you want to try something outside of your comfort zone. There was a really nice team, and Sebastian managed to advise us all throughout. Come with something in mind you would like to make and that way you will get the most out of the weekend.
Really satisfying having a whole weekend to work at a larger piece of stone and seeing the sculpture develop from it. Atmosphere was really friendly with everyone on the course being supportive and interested in what each person was doing (and how we had got there). Sebastian was good at making the sculptors take their time to make decisions about their work looking at the overall piece from all angles, I think we all made small mistakes but it was part of the learning process to look at how they could be fixed/incorporated into the final piece. I had done some carving before with soapstone and other soft stones so once I was set up I was happy to simply lose myself in the process with Sebastian giving the occasional pointer.
My only suggestion is that if a piece isn't going to be finished (not a problem for me) it is not always a bad idea to show the person how to finish one part of it in fine detail so they know what to do if they have to take it away.
Rustic, rural and relaxing. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and Sebastion's relaxed, friendly approach enabled each group member to achieve a most satisfying outcome. What better recommendation that three of the small group are regular visitors. I intend to re-visit myself.
Thank-you Sebastion for facilitating such a memorable experience...
I really enjoyed my weekend course in stone carving, which my wife bought for my birthday present. Set in the stunning Cotswolds, the views of the surrounding hills and woods from Sebastian's field were amazing. Sebastian gave helpful and friendly advice as necessary, and made himself available when I needed to know what to do or which tools to use. I found the sculpting physically demanding, not being used to standing all day, or using my arms and hands for chipping, chiselling and filing. However, I had a wonderful time, and came away with a sculpture that I'm pleased and amazed with, and which made my friends say 'wow!' I hope to be back after my next birthday!
What a fantastic way to spend the weekend. This was a lovely course and Sebastian ran the course in a way that was very relaxed with plenty of positivity and guidance where needed. Set in peaceful (if you ignored the occasional noise from the geese next door) location with great views. I was very impressed with everyones work by the end of Sunday and never expected to achieve so much myself. No need to have any idea of how to carve stone (or any other material) all you need is a 'have a go' attitude.
No idea how Sebastian managed to support us all so well. V knowledgable and with great people skills. Although no one in the group had carved stone before, our experience of thinking/working in 3 D was very varied. None at all in my case but that was OK. My 87 year old father's response? 'That was a fantastic weekend' - and it was. It's never too late to try something new!
Just the right balance of tuition and help. Planning to attend another course next year to build on experience gained. thank you Sebastion - a relaxing, but productive weekend.
Sebastian runs a great course. His technique is to let you pick up the tools and get stuck in, but he is always there if you have questions or need advice.
You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve in 2 days, even as a completely beginner.
Sebastian is a fantastic tutor. He balanced tuition with experimentation perfectly. His interventions were always thoughtful and delivered with sensitivity . I thoroughly enjoyed the course and achieved far more than I thought possible within the 2 days. I would highly recommend the course, it was perfect .
A very enjoyable two days spent indulging the "creative side". The course enables you to dive right in and start working whilst Sebastian is on hand quietly encouraging and advising when required.
This was one of our BEST Cousins’ Weekends ever!
Thank you so much for all your help. It was lovely to meet you. We will definitely recommend your course to our friends. The course was the right blend of serious stonework, pleasant company and beautiful surroundings. We will all be taking home something we will be pleased with.