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Join this fun and creative stone carving class for beginners to intermediate and learn how to carve beautiful stone letters. Let your imagination run wild and choose to embellish your letters with a carved design. Carve a house sign, pet memorial, meaningful words or loved one’s names.
We often use the saying “as old as age” to describe things that clearly are not this old. However, when it comes to stone carvings, this saying seems quite apt. Stone carvings are the oldest known works of representational art. We are unsure exactly how long they have been around, but we can be sure that it is a long, long time. As old as age, some might say!
You can produce a carving in 1 day or more. Beginners are advised to practice carving and spacing letters first, best chosen from the course selection.
The stone is selected to suit your requirements, whether you may wish to return and book an additional course, and whether you have a design in mind. Students will be asked this at the beginning of the course.
Letter carving stone/slab is included in course cost - small limestone (for beginners) and small slate. Marble coming soon (for an additional cost). Larger stones can be supplied on demand for an additional cost and must be pre ordered.
You may also get the chance to view other types of stone carving.
Students will also learn:
Intermediate or returning carvers may choose to omit any of the above and proceed with their own carving. All Materials are included in the course cost.
Bring your own sketches, pictures and ideas to be looked at or choose letters/numbers and designs from the course selection.
If you wish to bring your own drawing, you must check with me first to see if I have the correct stone size. Scale a drawing to fit the stone using the photocopying machine at the shop next door to the course.
Wear sturdy shoes or steel toe cap boots.
Places are running out fast, so book yours now!
It's a very unusual class - 1 of the reasons I love Obby- you find all these interesting and difficult to find skill workshops! :) Great way to try being a stone mason for a day. And maybe it's something you'll want to explore further - I have my eye on carving a stone sculpture next :)
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Katherine Worthington is a multi award-winning stone carver, specialising in this field since 1997. Katherine is passionate about stone carving and has been doing this from 17 - 40 years of age. Stone Carving is fun, creative, therapeutic, and achievable by all regardless of physical capability.
Katherine’s numerous achievements include carving inscriptions commemorating events and important historic people such as Ignatius Sancho, the first black Briton to receive the vote; unveiled at Greenwich Park, and the Great West Door at York Minster; unveiled by HRH the Duke of York. For her accomplishments, Katherine was elected a member of the Art Workers Guild in 2007.
Katherine has been teaching since 2013. In 2015 Katherine decided to set up her own courses, providing the best tuition available in stone carving. In these classes you can learn traditional skills, unchanged for centuries in stone carving, stone sculpture, figurative carving, portraiture, stone letter carving, architectural stone carving and stone masonry. Her courses are in small groups of around 8 people for intensive individual teaching with demonstrations and practice and access to good quality tools and stone.
These fun, relaxed and highly creative courses are available to students of all experience and ability, providing a wonderful opportunity to hone in your craft with one of the most talented and decorated stone carver’s around. So sign up for one of her amazing classes, and unearth a hidden talent or further your skills in an exciting and inspiring environment.
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