Had a days lettercutting with Alan and Tracey and what a fantastic day in a brilliant setting.
Both absolutely lovely people with a vast knowledge of the craft, showing me how best to cut out the letters and marking them onto the stone.
I have done a few courses at a few different places but this place is above anywhere I've been before and would definitely recommend for anyone wanting to learn anything about carving stone.
Will definitely be back for more tuition.
Dan Fletcher - - #23888
Spent a day in this lovely workshop with free parking nearby. Alan and Tracey were very friendly and great company throughout the day. I was shown how to plan and prepare my piece (dogs grave marker) and was really impressed by the end result. Their style is relaxed and encouraging. I will be back in the new year for another course. Brilliant day, would highly recommend
Glenn Gudgeopn - - #18384
Response from Northern Sculpture:Hello Glenn,
If you have the slightest interest in stone carving, get yourself down to Driffield! I spent two days learning and carving with Alan and Tracey and cannot recommend it enough.
I had a great time and learned so much about general stone carving and the restoration carving that I was particularly interested in. Alan was so generous with his time and I can't believe how much I was able to achieve. He is a great teacher and both he and Tracey were so welcoming.
Tracey even went above and beyond to work with me and my hectic schedule to sort out a couple of dates that would work.
My general interest in stone carving has been absolutely set alight and I can't wait to get stuck in on a project at home. At least until I can get back down to Driffield!! :)
Ashley Tallyn - - #17749
Response from Northern Sculpture:Hi Ashley,
My wife booked me on this course as a surprise as I’d expressed a vague interest in carving.
What a day!!! Tracey and Alan are really friendly and his relaxed teaching method is perfect. I carved a Yorkshire rose by following his very clear instructions. Friends and family can’t believe what I’ve done. If you fancy a go at stone carving, and there are lots of designs a beginner can try, then I would really recommend you get in touch with Tracey and Alan.
Thank you so much for a great day.
Rob Bell - - #17648
Response from Northern Sculpture:Hi Rob,
Spent last Friday undertaking my first attempt at stone carving, it was a revelation bought to life by Alan and Tracey. They could not have been more helpful throughout the day.
It was a relaxed pace to the day with allowing me to concentrate and get the most out of it.
I am certainly considered how I might further myself in this art.
Thank you Alan and Tracey.
Tim Litherland - - #17363
Response from Northern Sculpture:Hello Tim,
What an excellent course. Extremely well taught, amiable and professional tuition in a great venue! It was a total surprise for my partner. Both of us novices. Love our finished pieces and can’t wait to book our next course. Thanks guys!
Lisa Empson - - #16501
Had an excellent day with Alan and Tracey creating a carved Celtic knot in stone. As I was travelling quite a distance to the course ( and this was a 60th birthday present!), I needed to be sure that I was going to receive the best tuition possible.
If you need to see the quality of Alan's work, read his book (Restoration Stone work by Alan Micklethwaite) it is AMAZING!!!
However, just because a Crafts-person can create such wonderful work, doesn't always mean that they can teach the craft too........ thankfully, in this case, the tuition from Alan and Tracey was excellent. The choice of a Celtic Knot was a fantastic introduction to the craft, as it enabled me to practise a number of skills progressively and I was delighted with my first attempts at a new craft.
If you are thinking about having a go at stonework, I urge you to try this workshop.
It must be good......I'm already thinking about dates for going back......to try sculpture........or perhaps lettering..........!!!!
Steph Smith - - #15179
Response from Northern Sculpture:Hello Stephanie,
An excellent introduction to stone carving - I'm hooked! I had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend learning the basics of the craft. Alan skilfully demonstrated the use of the tools and after choosing a pattern for our relief we were soon onto creating our own piece. As an absolute beginner I was surprised at what I managed to achieve by the end of the weekend. Throughout Alan gave encouraging tuition and positive feedback with supportive input from Tracey. Alan and Tracey have created a learning space which combines gallery and teaching workshop most effectively. They have a warm, relaxed style and are impart their evident knowledge and artistic skills in a gentle manner. Ample refreshment was provided throughout the day. I highly recommend Northern Sculpture and I'm very keen to return!
Kristina Carr - - #11897
Had a fantastic day on the Knot work carving course. Learnt so much and I'm really pleased with the finished piece.
Alan and Tracey are very friendly, the facilities are great, and it's a lovely relaxed environment in which to learn a new skill.
I've never picked up a hammer and chisel before and I managed to make something I'm really happy with. I'll certainly be back in the future.
Tina Kinnar - - #8289
A fantastic introduction to stone carving! I attended the two-day "Carving Drapery" course, offered during the spring term (to be repeated this summer). We began with an informal discussion of our interests in sculpture and my goals for the weekend. Alan then presented an instructive slide lecture on different styles and historical techniques of drapery carving; we analyzed a few examples in depth, chiefly with an eye to the sequence of steps involved and the tools necessary to achieve forms. After this introduction, we settled on a design (I had pre-selected drapery patterns from late-Gothic sculpture), and it was off to the workshop to start carving. Alan took me through the whole process, from the initial transfer of my pattern to the limestone, to the intermediary definition of contours and shaping of volumes, to the final smoothing of the surface. Alan demonstrated all the tools as we went along and pointed me in the direction of where to cut next, but he also encouraged me to explore the material independently. I became more and more confident wielding the chisels and competent at parsing tool marks--after two days, I left with a more or less finished relief! Away from the workbench, Alan and Tracey were incredibly hospitable. Both were also keen to relate their prior artistic training and ongoing practices. Overall, Northern Sculpture was a supportive and stimulating place for a novice to try carving. I look forward to a return visit, especially as Alan and Tracey continue to develop this relatively new organization. Highly recommended!
RME - - #8021