The Two Day Introductory Stone Letter Carving Course

The Two Introductory Course is held regularly throughout the year and takes place over two full Saturdays in the month from 10am to 4.30pm 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. The next course will take place on Saturday 23rd and 30th September 2017.

Course Content

This Course is designed for people who have little or no experience in Stone Letter Carving with maximum of five participants. 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 10am to 1.00pm Students will learn about the tools and how to use them correctly before they begin. They will then start on their first piece of Portland stone learning to cut straight, curved, diagonally and in depth creating the all important clean V cut channel.

From 1.30 pm to 4.30pm 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 10am to 4.30pm. 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.

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 10am to 4.30pm. The next course will take place on Saturday 23rd and 30th September 2017. 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 will receive a Certificate of Attendance

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