Two Day Introductory Stone Letter Carving Course

Course Content

The Two Day Introductory Stone Letter Carving Course with Simon Burns-Cox at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is held for two days per month from 9.30 to 16.30 and courses take place regularly throughout the year. Breaks and lunch can be taken at the onsite cafe.

The course is designed for people who have little or no experience of stone letter carving. There is a maximum of two participants or small private groups and the courses are suitable for ages 12+ under full supervision.

Before the course begins, you will be asked to look at different types of lettering and design. You will also be asked to think about what you would like to produce and carve during the course as this will save time. Realistically, one or two words is sufficent for this course depending on experience.

Day One from 9.30 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.

Day Two from 9.30 to 16.30 There will be a discussion about the importance of drawing the design before carving looking at proportion and spacing. 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 Dates and Price

The course takes place for two days per month on specific dates from 9.30 to 16.30. Course price is £225 per person with the use of stone and tools included.

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

” Your Course was fantastic, a great couple of days and your tuition is first class ” (G Sutherland December 2016, Two Day Introductory Course)

“Just completed Simon’s 2-day stone letter carving course and what a joy it was ! Simon is a kind and patient teacher who created a warm friendly and instructive environment. Throughout the two working days he was at my side with kind attentive one-to-one instruction and advice balanced with allowing me freedom to find my own creativity. With his guidance, knowledge and support I was able to learn how to handle hammer and chisel, transfer ideas to stone and get to grips with this craft. The 2 days also gave me an all round physical and mental workout ! I highly recommend this course,it was well worth investing the time and money And I can’t wait to go back and learn more.” Joanna Boyce 2019


Simon Burns-Cox, Sculptor and Letter Carver


The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 21 Hawthornvale, EDINBURGH EH64JT

0131 551 4490 tel
07799 474 489 mob

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