Five Half Day Stone Letter Carving and Relief Course

Five Half Day Stone Letter Carving and Relief Course (Mornings)

The Five Half Day Stone Letter Carving and Relief Course with Simon Burns-Cox at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is held on mutually convenient dates from 9.30 to 13.00 throughout the year. The course will introduce you to The Art of Stone Carving, Letter Carving and Relief and is open to all levels from beginner to those with more experience. Suitable for ages 12+ under full supervision and maximum two participants or small private groups.  Safety equipment will be provided and please wear suitable clothing.

Course Content

Before the course begins, you will be asked to look at different types of lettering and design styles and to think about what you would like to produce and carve during the course.

The course will include the following:

At the beginning of the session, there will be a review about the tools and how to use them correctly. The student will be reminded about the importance of the V cut and different ways to cut stone. There will be a discussion about what students would like to carve.  Realistically, one word is achievable in one day if you have experience.

Before the carving process begins, there will also be a discussion about style, proportion, spacing and form and the importance of drawing before preparation. We will look at how to transfer your design from your sketches on paper to the stone. Students will then begin to draw their design in preparation for carving. Students will work on their project with personalised tuition and guidance from Simon throughout the day.

The course is designed as an introduction to Stone Relief Carving using Limestone or Portland Stone with the aim of completing a simple project. You will first learn about the stone carving tools. For example, the hammer, the claw and the chisel. You will also learn about the important techniques such as chopping, chasing and levelling. You will then think about a design and learn how to draw and trace it out onto stone. The idea is to create a low to medium cut relief but those with more experience can attempt a more complicated design.

“Thank you very much for your excellent teaching and caring for my learning progress, you certainly are one of the best teachers I ever had.” (Aldo March 2019)

Course Dates and Price

The Five Half Day Stone Letter Carving and Relief Course is held on mutually convenient dates from 9.30 to 13.00 throughout the year. Course price is £280 per person with the stone and the use of tools with a maximum of two participants or for small private groups.

To reserve a place on the course, payment is required at the time of booking. There is a Cancellation and Health and Safety policy and all participants must abide by The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Health and Safety Regulations. Please wear suitable clothing and safety glasses will be provided. Gift vouchers are available and valid for 12 months at


Simon Burns-Cox, Sculptor and Letter Carver based at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop


The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 21 Hawthornvale, EDINBURGH EH64JT

0131 551 4490 tel
07799 474 489 mob

Letter Carving


At the end of the Course, Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon request.

Information Pack

You can download the Information Pack and booking form from here. All you need to do is click the button below to download the form. Complete the booking form and send this to our office. We will then confirm your booking.

If you have any questions please call 07799 474 489