One Day Stone Letter Carving or Relief Course

Learn Stone Letter Or Relief Carving

This is a one day introductory stone letter carving or relief course with Simon Burns-Cox. It is designed for beginners or those with some experience. The class is small with a maximum of two participants or for small private groups.

Course Content

Before the course begins, you will be asked to look at different types of lettering and design styles and to think about what you would like to produce and carve during the course. Please wear suitable clothing and safety glasses will be provided.

Stone Letter Carving

At the beginning of the session, there will be a discussion and review about the tools and how to use them correctly. The student will be reminded about the importance of the V cut and different ways to cut stone. There will be a discussion about what students would like to carve. Realistically, one or maybe two words are achievable in a day depending on experience.

Before the carving process begins, there will also be a discussion about style, proportion, spacing and form and the importance of drawing before preparation. We will look at how to transfer your design from your sketches on paper to the stone. Students will then begin to draw their design in preparation for carving. Students will work on their project with personalised tuition and guidance from Simon throughout the day.

Relief Carving

This course will introduce the student to Stone Relief Carving with Limestone or Portland stone. We will look at the tools such as the hammer, claw and chisel and learn the important techniques of chopping, chasing and levelling. You will then think about a design and learn how to draw and trace it out onto stone. The idea will be to create a low to medium cut relief but those with more experience can atttempt a more complicated design.


"I learned a huge amount from my one-day course with Simon - he really helped me understand the nature of different types of stone and which equipment and techniques to use to achieve a range of effects. I was delighted with the small carving I produced and was so inspired that I opted to buy a set of tools! I now feel confident to try to tackle some designs on my own."


"Thanks very much for the workshop yesterday. I found it totally inspiring and quite different from whatever expectations I had ! "
(M. Lightbody, Holland)


"Just spent an excellent day on Simon’s one day letter carving course. This was a new medium for me with unfamiliar techniques. I was really pleased to have a chisel in hand very early in the day , and for most of the day, guided throughout by Simon. The support was great and I was very pleased with what was achieved. I followed Simon’s advice and did a fair bit of preparation, studying lettering etc. and I would recommend this."
(Frank Booth 2019)


Simon Burns-Cox, Sculptor and Letter Carver based at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop which is an International Centre for Sculptors.


The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop 
21 Hawthornvale

07799 474 489 mobile

[email protected]


At the end of the Course, Students receive a Certificate of Attendance upon request.

Information Pack & Booking Form

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
information pack



Many thanks for your 1 to 1 tuition and guidance around the art of letter carving Simon. It was a lovely way to spend the day and learn a skill which I feel could give me endless enjoyment in my retirement! Thanks for your patience and support whilst I was chipping away at my stone block, I might now live up to my email address- blockybill! 😂All the best with your other students!


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