Lettering in Stone – Half Day Taster + Lunch!

Tutor: Gaynor Pearson

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.


Typically for a max of 6 people.

Half Day

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A half day taster workshop with Gaynor Pearson – try your hand at letter carving and raise funds for Mashamshire Community Office. Masham based stone carver and ArtisOn FAT Controller, Gaynor Pearson is a Trustee at MCO, which is a registered charity serving the Masham community. Gaynor is giving her time for free, along with all staff and tutors, to raise funds to support the effort to purchase MCO’s building and save its vital services for Masham.

This half day session is a great opportunity to get a taste of handling and using hand tools to carve lettering in stone. Find out about different types of traditional letter carving, the best stone to use and the hand tools used to create it. Get a hands on taste of the techniques and put chisel to stone to create some V cut lettering. Letter carving is a slow process and this short workshop is only a

taster, so you can expect to complete a couple of letters or initials as samples. If you get the bug, or have a bigger project you’d like to complete, a full two day workshop is also available – see https://artison.co.uk/workshops/letter-carving-in-stone-spr23/

All equipment and materials are provided.

Following the 3 hour session, you’ll have worked up an appetite, so a two course homemade lunch is all included at around 12:30pm. Lunch will finish by 1:30pm.

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.

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-session break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. All refreshments are included.

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.

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
- Steel toed shoes if you have them or stout shoes
- A sketch book would also be handy
- If you do have any of your own chisels feel free to bring them but please ensure they can be identified

Please note that you will be working outside. Even though you'll be doing physical work, if it's cold or wet, please bring something warm / waterproof to wear...if it's hot, bring sun cream!

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