Practical Workshops in Stone Carving and Stonemasonry

Entertainment and leisure.

Stone Carving Workshops

Whether you’re looking for an experience to remember with a piece you carved to take home, to add some new techniques to your sculptors or stonemasons repertoire or learn more about the crafts history and while getting the feel for the tools little change over time you’ll find the academies extensive courses offer just the thing.

Choose from topics including relief carving, gargoyles and grotesques, letter cutting, banker work and more. Please bring any drawings, maquettes, ideas, sketch book and pencils.

By the end of your time with us you’ll be ready to go home and impress your family and friends with your newly acquired skills and knowledge!

Support Training and Education 

The Stonemasons Guild of St Stephen provides a selection of services in support of our registered objectives; education around stonemasonry skills and craftsmanship, record-keeping (maintenance of an archive and collection) and sharing and the actively supporting of the intangible heritage of the craft;  its history, culture, skills, traditions and in my opinion the most important, community.

We fund much of this work through the money raised from carving workshops, talks and demonstrations we offer to the public. 
The education for young people and support of all the objectives above directly relating to training of craftspeople and our communities are offered free. By being able to offer these educational programs free of charge, the Guild enables even those who may not have the means to access this educational experience and to to learn and appreciate this unique craft and culture whether it be schools or those who wish to pursue formal training.

Historical, Heritage and Archaeological Study

We offer a range of study events and practical and theoretical talks and demonstrations.

Technical training

For those talking their carving or banker work seriously, we offer training at all levels to stonemasons, sculptors and the general public.

We can work on overall improvement to your skills or specific techniques can be discussed and practiced.

Workshop days are most productive when held over the course of a working day, typically 9am – 4pm, with a scheduled lunch break and provision for informal refreshment breaks, which are particularly important for newcomers to the craft who will need time to develop their stamina and focus within the craft process.

Stephen will recommend a project that can realistically be comfortably completed within the allotted day or programme schedule and students usually take their completed works home to show family and friends.


An achievable project is chosen within the skill level of the attendees; this may be pre-assessed or determined informally within the session introduction (works well in longer sessions). The choice of design/theme will depend on the interests of the group or individual. A basic set of skills will be taught in a relaxed, interesting manner and students should find the experience fun and encouraging. Teaching at this level is suitable for students with no prior craft experience.


Building on a pre-acquired basic level of skill, the attendee will broaden their repertoire of skills whilst working on a more challenging project. They will also be offered tailored advice and guidance on their craft technique which may involve the introduction of more specialist tools and processes. The focus should be on building experience and confidence to achieve more successful results for the hobbyist or aspiring craftsperson.


Similar to the intermediate programme with attention paid to higher order carving techniques.  Workshops with these students will also incorporate more of the advanced craft and design theory where relevant; including the use of proportion, geometry, symbolism, the psychology of design and the history of architecture and the craft of stonemasonry.  These workshops will serve to cultivate a deeper knowledge of craft theory and to consolidate the grasp of  applied techniques for more established craft practitioners.

Students at all of the above levels are best served in groups of similar ability, in which a level of knowledge can be presumed by the teacher and overall progress is not delayed. Workshops may be held over a single day, a continuous short course of 3-5 days or on a regular day over a longer term course of several weeks.

Stone Carving Workshop Venues.

Woodchester Mansion

Nympsfield, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3TS

Woodchester Mansion  is a unique and amazing Grade 1 listed Victorian Gothic house hidden in a beautiful Cotswold valley. 

It is an unfinished masterpiece. Building started about 1857, but stopped in the mid-1860s so floors and ceilings are missing, walls not plastered and windows unglazed. All the secrets of the construction of the Mansion are visible - something visitors will never see in another country house.


The Folk, Gloucester

99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2PG 

The Folk of Gloucester is a museum which is housed in two of the oldest buildings in the City of Gloucester, a Tudor merchant’s house and a 17th-century town house

Bishop Hooper is said to have lodged in the buildings the night before he was burned at the stake in front of St. Mary de Lode Church in 1555

Your Venue

We are able to bring a unique stone carving workshop to your venue. A suitable working space and guaranteed minimum number will be required, for further a field an additional cost may be added for travel expenses.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements, cost and availability.

The photo shows a workshop held at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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How to Book

• Bookings for a course can only be confirmed after receipt of payment for the course.

• your payment secures a place on the date you choose. Your booking will be be confirmed by email.

• Please pay through our online shop or by BACS (please  email for bank details)

• You may cancel your course up to seven days before your booked date with with full refund. If you cancel your booking after this date, we would make every effort to fill your place, but must reserve the right to retain fees paid if we are unsuccessful

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