Stone Carving Courses

Dates & Details

Dates for Stone Carving Courses 2019

Spring Stone Carving Course
Two day Stone Carving –  April 27th and 28th, 2019

Course fully booked


Times – 10 am – 4.30 pm each day

Price – to include use of tools, tuition, materials and stone – refreshments and lunches – £175.00

VenueThe Darley Hall, Lastingham, North Yorkshire  YO62 6TL


Examples of work from previous courses:

Two day Stone Carving Course Spring 2014
Two day Stone Carving Course Autumn 2014
Two day Stone Carving Course Spring 2015
Two day Stone Carving Course Autumn 2015
Two day Stone Carving Course Spring 2016
Two day Stone Carving Course Autumn 2016
Two day Stone Carving Course Spring 2017
Two day Stone Carving Course Autumn 2017
Two day Stone Carving Course Spring 2018
Two day Stone Carving Course Spring 2019



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How to Book

To confirm a place on any of the courses please see Booking details.


The course is suitable for all levels of ability – first-time carvers, artists who want to experiment with stone, and the more experienced sculptor.

Groups are kept small to ensure personal tuition.  A one-to-one discussion will take place to determine what you will be carving and what is possible over the two days.

The course will cover

  • Introduction to workshop practice and safety
  • Reference to tutor’s carving and other sculptors’ work
  • Discussion on subject ideas and selecting stone (with a variety of stone available)
  • Demonstration and advice on stone carving techniques and tools
  • Stone carving on own piece (with ongoing help and advice)
  • Information and practice on finishing the stone surface of your sculpture
  • Advice on where to obtain stone and tools

Using a hands-on approach the course will take participants from the basics of three-dimensional form, through the stages of carving (using a range of hand tools), to the completion of a sculpture.

Jennifer is a self-taught stone sculptor, who gained her initial experience of stone by working in a quarry and has also worked with architectural masons, carvers and letter-cutters. Her work includes both public and private commissions and is exhibited widely throughout the UK.

What to Bring

If you have any ideas of what you would like to carve on the course,  please bring these with you, whether they are in sketch form or a small model. If you have no real ideas, then that is fine too, as you can wait until you have selected your stone and worked with some of the tools before deciding – the stone may suggest the way to go!

Tools are available for use during the course.

You will be working in a dusty environment so practical work clothes and footwear are recommended. Protective glasses or goggles and dust masks are provided, though please bring your own gloves if you like to wear them.

Where to Stay

If you wish to stay in the village, accommodation is available at The Blacksmiths Arms, Lastingham where you will be very well looked after by Pete and Hils Trafford.

Enquiries and Booking – The Blacksmith’s Arms    01751 417247
(Pete and Hils have very kindly discounted the room rates for those attending my courses!)