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Stone Letter Carving

May 6 @ 9:30 am - May 7 @ 4:30 pm

Stone letter carving with Stephen Watts at Laya Point in the Old School, Duddon Valley, Lake District, Cumbria

A two day stone letter carving workshop, led by Stephen Watts.



This pleasantly meditative craft is a wonderful way to work with stone to explore the beauty of lettering.  Carved stone can have a profound effect on your garden, home or workshop.

This stone letter carving course will introduce you to the basics of letter carving and perhaps even start off the journey into a new hobby or even a new vocation!

We will be learning the basics in letter drawing and letter carving into local lake district slate from Burlington quarry.  On Saturday, we will begin by focusing on drawing different letter forms, before we move into carving the V cut letters that we have drawn onto the slate. By the end of the weekend you will have a piece of your own carving to take away with you!

No experience necessary. 


About Stephen Watts – in his words…

I have been carving stone for as long as I can remember, from the age I was capable of holding a hammer and chisel.  These skills were passed on to me through my family, from my grandfather to my father to me.

I have worked alongside various professional letter carvers, including Tom Perkins, Charlotte Howarth and Pip Hall, who have all influenced my approach to lettering.

Here is a link to some pictures of my lettering – Stephen Watts

Letter carving is a way of fusing the worlds of poetry and craft together.  I like to draw on spiritual texts, words which have deep meaning for me.  Through the carving of them, they become like a mantra.  I see letter forms as abstract sculptures in themselves which when sensitively designed, can give the text an added meaning and personal touch

I like to work with off-cuts of stone: the flawed, cracked, inconsistent pieces of stone; making beautiful that which is seen as worthless.  Through working with the challenges of irregular rough stones, each piece develops a unique character that would be lost in carving clean cut consistent blocks of stone.

Stone Letter Carving


May 6 @ 9:30 am
May 7 @ 4:30 pm
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