Echinus Educational Programmes

Come and join us at one of our workshop, demonstrations, masterclasses, talks or study days at Woodchester Mansion. Suitable for all levels of skill and interest.

All workshops are overseen by Stephen L'Normand our Master Stonemason and Carver, past master at Windsor Castle; Doges Palace, Venice and The Vatican.

Stone Carving Workshops

Demonstrations and Masterclasses

Speaking Engagements

Echinus Academy Master

Dr. Stephen L’Normand occupies a place in a Duodecian, as one of twelve Guild Masters in the world.  His doctoral research was in the field of sacramental geometry and metaphysics in architectural design.  As Master Stonemason, he has worked on some of the most prestigious, protected and unique buildings worldwide, including: Doge’s Palace, Venice, Somerset House, Queen’s House, Greenwich and Windsor Castle.  He was awarded a Blue Ribbon from The Academy of Free Stonemasons for his time as Master of Works at Stoneleigh Abbey.  He is widely regarded to be the finest living English Baroque stone carver and has produced fine stone pieces for an extensive portfolio of notable clients.  

He has devoted recent years to the protection and development of training in stonemasonry and stone carving in several countries and is based in the UK, where he oversees the training of a select group of Guild stonemasonry apprentices.  


Educational Resource Collection

Through the work of the stonemasons and sculptors at Echinus Atelier and The Stonemasons' Guild of St. Stephen, an extraordinary collection of architectural carving and models, sculpture, maquettes, drawings, tools and materials have been developed.

Currently in residence at The Woodchester Mansion, the collection is truly unique and valuable as the vast majority of pieces have been created by the artisans who curate and present it to the audience.

The opportunity to engage with the craftspeople themselves contributes to a deeper  understanding of the craft techniques and appreciation for the works themselves.

This educational resource is of value to artists, designers, architects, craftspeople, historians and the public at large.

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