The Two Day Introductory Stone Letter Carving Course

The Two Introductory Stone Letter Carving Course is held regularly throughout the year and takes place over two full Saturdays in the month from 10.00 to 16.30 with a lunch break (which is not provided). Lunches can be taken in the Research Space or at Café MILK which is on site with a wide range of food and drinks to purchase. Course dates in 2018 to be confirmed.

Course Content

The Two Day Introductory Stone Letter Carving Course is designed for people who have little or no experience in Stone Letter Carving. There is a maximum of five participants and the courses are suitable for ages 12+ under full supervision. The course is held over two full days on a Saturday to allow people to practice in between the sessions and for the artistic process to begin.

Before The Course begins, you will be asked to look at calligraphy, lettering and design styles so you get a feel for Lettering before you being. You will also be asked to think about what you would like to produce and carve during the course as this will save time.

Day One from 10.00 to 13.00 Students will learn about the tools and how to use them correctly before they begin. There will be a discussion about how  to cut straight, curved, diagonally and in depth creating the all important clean V cut channel.

From 13.30 to  16.30 The afternoon will be spent practising what has been learnt during the morning and then the students will begin to cut their first number or letter with personalised tuition and guidance from Simon. We will also look at proportion and spacing.  Homework: Students will be required to research designs for their first project.

Day Two from 10.00 to 16.30 There will be a discussion about the importance of drawing for preparation before carving. We will look at how to transfer your design from your sketches on paper to the stone and there will be a discussion about style and form. Students will then begin to draw, design and carve their first project.

Please wear suitable clothing and safety glasses will be provided. Gift vouchers are available and valid for 12 months.

Course Price

£180 which includes Stone and Tools and the use of the studios. Maximum 5 participants. To reserve a place on the course, payment is required in advance at least two weeks before the course begins. 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.


Professional Sculptor, Simon Burns-Cox


The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 21 Hawthornvale, EDINBURGH EH64JT

0131 551 4490 tel
07799 474 489 mob

Course Dates and Times

The Course is held throughout the year on two Saturdays per month from 10.00 to 16.30. The next course in 2018 will be confirmed. Course price £180 which includes Stone and Tools and the use of the studios.

Letter Carving with Simon Burns-Cox


At the end of the Course, Students 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