This is a great opportunity to get a taste for letter cutting in stone. Put chisel to stone to create V cut lettering and try your hand at relief lettering where the letter is cut and the background removed to enable the letter to stand out.
This workshop is only a taster so don’t expect to complete anything more than a few letters or initials as samples. However, you will learn what you need to plan, carve and finish further pieces of lettering at home with minimal tools. You will:
– Prepare stone and lettering for carving.
– Get a feel for tools and techniques.
– Carve basic V cut lettering.
– Try your hand at letters carved in relief.
– Learn where to source stone and where to buy basic tools.
There will be various pieces of stone available for you to try – Yorkshire sandstone, Tadcaster limestone and some Cumbrian slate all in various shapes and sizes.
Please note there is a materials charge of £15 payable on the day
What to expect
Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.
Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.
Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.
We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!
What you’ll need to bring with you
All tools and materials will be provided but please bring:
- Clothes you don't mind getting dusty or overalls.
- Stout shoes to protect toes from falling chisels.
- Examples of lettering that you like.
- A sketch book would also be handy.