Information for clients who had to postpone during 2020/2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions

Unless otherwise arranged, all postponed 2020/2021 courses will be honoured until the 1st of November, 2021. Please ensure you contact me to arrange a convenient date for you to attend the workshop, and that your rearranged course commences prior to this date.

If you have contacted me regarding the rearrangement of your course, then please check your emails as I have replied to each and every one of you, either with a list of dates for you to choose from, or a request for suitable dates from you.

Gift certificates issued during 2020/2021 will only be honoured until their expiry date.

Stone carving, stone masonry, and letter cutting in stone courses taught by professionally qualified former Lincoln Cathedral Stonemason with over 31 years in the industry.

The courses are designed for all abilities, and are particularly suitable if you’ve no prior experience of working with stone.

The duration of the masonry and letter cutting courses is three days, and the taster stone carving courses are one day.

All payments are made quickly and securely online via PayPal. Please note that you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay, as all major credit and debit cards are also accepted.

The courses take place in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, at purpose-built workshop premises within the Terrace, situated right in the centre of the city, and the heart of Lincoln’s Cultural Quarter. A map showing the location of the workshop can be found here.

The current list of dates can be accessed via these links:

Alternatively, continue reading below for further information about each individual course type.

One Day Taster Stone Carving Courses - Carving The Fleur De Lis

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

The taster courses focus on the creation of a relief carved Fleur De Lis, a classic historical ornament found in many guises. As can be seen from the picture, the fleur de lis is set back into the stone and surrounded by a border.

View the complete current list of taster stone carving courses.

Stonemasonry Courses

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The introduction to stone masonry courses will teach you the core fundamentals of architectural stonework through the working of an ovolo mould, complete with mitred returns.

The ovolo is a classical masonry mould formed from a quarter circle bound by two fillets, and can be found in numerous guises from classical architecture through to modern day builds. As well as being an architectural element, the ovolo also forms the basis of egg and dart ornamentation, and can be found as a component element in the Doric, Ionic, and Composite orders of Classical Architecture.

The three day stonemasonry workshops use the techniques and tools that have remained unchanged for centuries, and although technology has changed, no power tools are utilised during the courses.

View the complete current list of stonemasonry courses.

Letter Cutting Courses

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Letters have been cut by hand into stone for thousands of years by many civilisations, with perhaps the most notable and recognisable being the Romans.

The letter carving courses are based on the creation of V cut lettering, an incised V cut into the stone that catches light and throws shadow. This is one of the traditional methods of cutting letters, and is far removed from the modern practice of sandblasted letters through a rubberised template stuck to the face of the stone. Our letter cutting workshops are both the ideal introduction to carving letters 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.

View the complete current list of letter cutting in stone courses.

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