Stone carving courses, stone masonry courses and letter cutting courses taught by professionally qualified Stone Mason, Eilidh Fridlington, a former Lincoln Cathedral Stonemason with 27 years of experience in architectural stonework and carving. She served her apprenticeship at the cathedral and is a holder of a distinction in Advanced City & Guilds Stonemasonry; the highest designation obtainable.


The courses are held in Lincoln, Lincolnshire at purpose-built workshop premises within the Terrace, situated in the heart of Lincoln’s Cultural Quarter - the ideal venue for artistic inspiration being near to the Theatre Royal, Lincoln Drill Hall, The Central Library, The Collection Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire, The Usher Art Gallery and historic Lincoln Cathedral. A map showing the location of the workshop can be found here.

Stonemasonry Courses

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Stone masonry is one of the oldest trades, and the tools and techniques have remained the same for centuries.

Our stonemasonry courses teach clients the core fundamentals of architectural stonework through the creation of an ovolo, complete with mitred returns. The ovolo is a classical mould formed from a quarter circle bound by two fillets, and can be found in numerous guises from classical architecture through to modern day.

This course is ideal for all skill levels, and is particularly suitable if you’ve no prior experience of working with stone. Current list of stonemasonry courses.

Letter Cutting Courses

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Our letter cutting courses are both the ideal introduction to lettering in stone, and the perfect opportunity to enhance your existing skills.

Using a hands on approach, we discuss and practice the fundamental constructs needed for successful letter cutting in both classical and contemporary styles, before applying them to the piece of lettering you’ll be taking home with you.

If you’ve previous experience of letter cutting then we can add to your skill set and increase the rate at which you can cut. Current list of letter cutting courses.

Stone Carving Courses

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If you’ve ever wanted to carve stone then our stone carving courses are the ideal place to learn the skills and techniques involved.

We use the direct carving method so there’s no need for any preliminary drawing or model making; using this hands on approach allows you to let your carving skills develop as we progress, rather than struggle with trying to copy something from the off.

The theme for the courses is gargoyles and grotesques, however, please feel free to bring along any ideas you may have. Current list of stone carving courses.

One Day Taster Courses - Carving The Fleur De Lis

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The one day taster courses are perfect if you're interested in having a go at stone carving, but don't want to commit too much time.

The course focuses on the production of a relief carved fleur de lis, a classical historic ornament. Current list of fleur de lis carving courses.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are also available for the three day courses and make ideal gifts for birthdays and special occasions - or why not just treat yourself!

Latest Blog Posts From The Ministry Of Stone

The latest blog posts covering our carving, masonry, and letter courses, various commissions, and useful information for working in stone.