Demonstrations and Masterclasses

At an entry-level event, Stephen can offer an inspiring glimpse into the craft, practically demonstrating a range of time-honoured techniques and tools with a brief explanation and opportunity for Q & A’s. Seminars may be more generalist or tailored to the interests of particular groups, e.g. museums, art clubs, freemasons’ chapters, corporate team building events and WI groups.

Many key features of the craft process have remained unchanged for millenia, but for academic audiences with an interest in history, an informed insight into the early evolution of tools and techniques can be offered and technological advances in modern history outlined and evidenced.

In architecturally significant venues, Stephen can illuminate on the design and construction of stone buildings, the role of the Master Builder and relevant, site specific craft theory and history.

For professional audiences, Stephen can share his experience and expertise on a range of topics with applications for architects, designers, antiquarians and collectors, conservators, museum staff and educators alike.

With advance preparation, Stephen is able to carve a copy of a piece from a specific building, museum exhibit or private collection and, where relevant, can employ tools available to the original carver whilst bringing to life the craft processes contemporary to the piece. Such demonstrations may be filmed for educational and/or entertainment purposes and, in the case of museums, can be used as part of a display.

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