Stone Carving Workshop


Stone carving landscape

On Saturday I was at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes running a stone carving workshop.

stone carving workshop in Hawes


Stone carving man with beard

It is lovely to see when someone starts to get the feel of the mallet and chisel, and gains confidence with their carving.  I saw lots of this from nervous starters, imagining they would damage the stone, feeling they weren’t artistic, and initially frustrated that the chisel wouldn’t go where they wanted it to.

Stone carving a relief panel


Stone carving relief panels

Then transformed, eagerly carving, beginning to understand the mallet action and chisel angle to make the shapes they wanted.  Lost in concentration and creativity.

Stone carving at the Dales Countryside Museum


Stone carving owl

A lovely day – thanks to all at the Museum and the volunteers for your help and looking after me.  And thanks to all the carvers for your brilliant work!

stone carving workshop making a start


stone carving landscape with river




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