I am running a weekend beginners lettering course this Summer . Discover the gentle art of stone carving in the beautiful Borders Countryside.

With over 20 years of experience in lettering I will start you on what may well become a life-long love! Stone carving is highly therapeutic and addictive!

It is a very hands on course so after an initial look at alphabets and a try out on a scrap of stone we will draw out the design  Then after lunch we begin using the chisel and dummy to cut stone. Throughout the process I will be on hand to help and advise. There is the option to work on sandstone or slate. And you can order a set of tools to start with or use mine initially. At the end of the weekend you will have a piece of stone to take home with 3 or 4 letters on it. You may want to do a relief carving and this is also an option.

Harestanes is the venue so numbers are limited to 6. It is a courtyard garden. Very rustic! You will need warm work cloths, stout boots, enthusiasm and a little patience. No other experience is needed.

Dates so far are : August 25/26.  2 day courses run from 9:30 till 5pm each day. Cost is £180 per person. This includes tea, coffee and soup for lunch. Maximum 6.

There will be further dates in the future and I am always open to suggestions and can create a bespoke course for you. Gift vouchers available for the ultimate birthday present.

Some things a previous participant said: 

I enjoyed my weekend , it was the best and my favourite birthday present ever! I have always wanted to do a letter cutting course - and I am so glad John found you to teach us .....,the sun and  being able to work outside - your delicious soups and flapjacks - coffee & tea ..,,,,All a perfect experience....... love Irene

Please contact me by phone or email if you have any questions

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