Follow-Up Course In Stone Letter Carving

The Follow-Up Course is designed for those who have either participated on The Two Day Introductory Stone Letter Carving Course and want to continue or for those who have some basic experience in stone. Complete beginners, however, will also be accepted as the class is small. Maximum 5 participants. The course takes place either over two Saturday mornings (from 9.30 to 13.00) to allow time for research, discussion, practice and the artistic process or on one full Saturday (from 10.00 to 16.30). The course is suitable for ages 12+ under full supervision. Gift vouchers are available and valid for 12 months. The next course will take place on Saturday 24th March 2018 from 10.00 to 16.30.

Course Content

Before the course begins, you will be asked to look at Lettering and design styles to get a feel for Lettering and to think about what you would like to produce and carve during the course. This will save time during the session. The course is held either over two Saturday mornings  (9.30 to 13.00 ) or over one full Saturday (10.00 to 16.30). The next course will take place on Saturday 24th March 2018 from 10.00 to 16.30. Please wear suitable clothing and safety glasses will be provided.

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 two days if you have some experience. Students who have already attended a course will continue with their project.

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. Safety equipment will be provided and please wear old clothes.

Course Price

The course price is £60 for one full day. Stone and tools are not included but can be borrowed or purchased. There is a maximum of 5 participants. To reserve a place on the course, payment is required at the time of booking. There is a Cancellation and Health and Safety policy. In the event of cancellation, please let us know at least two weeks before the course begins otherwise the fees will be due in full. All participants must abide by The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Health and Safety Regulations. Gift vouchers are available and valid for 12 months.


Simon Burns-Cox, Sculptor and Letter Carver based at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop which is an International Centre for Sculptors.


The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 21 Hawthornvale, EDINBURGH EH64JT

0131 551 4490 tel
07799 474 489 mob

Stone Letter Carving Course

Course Dates & Times

The Follow-Up Course in Stone Letter Carving is held regularly throughout the year and takes place either over two Saturday mornings in the month from 9.30 to 13.00 or on one full Saturday from 10.00 to 16.30. There is a break/lunch in the Café MILK where you can purchase a wide range of food and drinks.

The next course will take place on Saturday 24th March 2018 from 10.00 to 16.30


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

Information Pack & Booking Form

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