One Day Stone Letter Carving and Relief Course

The one day stone letter carving and relief course is designed for those who have participated on The Two Day Introductory 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 with a maximum of two participants or for small private groups. The course is suitable for ages 12+ under full supervision.

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. Please wear suitable clothing and safety glasses will be provided.

The course will include the following:

Stone Letter Carving

At the beginning of the session, there will be a discussion and 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 or two words are achievable in two days if you have some experience. Some people prefer to carve a relief and others do both. 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.

Relief Carving

The course will also include an introduction to Stone Relief Carving with Limestone or Portland stone. We will look at the tools such as the hammer, claw and chisel and learn the important techniques of chopping, chasing and levelling. You will then think about a design and learn how to draw and trace it out onto stone. The idea will be to create a low to medium cut relief but those with more experience can atttempt a more complicated design.

Course Dates and Price

The one day course takes place on mutually convenient dates from 9.30 to 4.30 throughout the year.

The course price is £135 per person with the stone and  the use of tools included and there is 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. Gift vouchers are available and valid for 12 months at

” Thanks very much for the workshop yesterday. I found it totally inspiring and quite different from whatever expectations I had ! ”  (M. Lightbody, Holland, One Day Stone Carving and Relief Course 2019)

Just spent an excellent day on Simon’s one day letter carving course. This was a new medium for me with unfamiliar techniques. I was really pleased to have a chisel in hand very early in the day , and for most of the day, guided throughout by Simon. The support was great and I was very pleased with what was achieved. I followed Simon’s advice and did a fair bit of preparation, studying lettering etc. and I would recommend this. (Frank Booth 2019)


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


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