Stone Carving Workshops

John your tutor has over 40yrs experience as a sculptor and stonemason. Tutoring stone carving workshops for adults and children in England and France.

Stone Sculpture Workshop
Guiding a Student in the Designing of the Sculpture

The workshops are set up for those wanting to take time, to situate, learn and find pleasure in discovering ways of expression through stone carving.

If your interested in any of the following Workshops you can phone me on 07460467116 or by filling in my CONTACT PAGE Get Creative!

Deep Relief Stone Carving Workshop

7th & 8th February 10.30-4.30 Finished.

Proud Student with his Winking Green-man

The cost of the two-day course is £200 + £30 for the stone. Includes a light lunch plus tea and/or coffee in the morning and afternoon.
To book a place, please contact the office at Sculpture by the Lakes in person, by telephone on 07720 637808, or by email at For more details, you can visit our workshops page. WORKSHOPS.

Stone Carving for Beginners

7th March 10.30-4.30 Fully Booked.

The cost of the one day course is £100 and includes a light lunch plus tea and/or coffee in the morning and afternoon.
To book a place, please contact the office at Sculpture by the Lakes in person, by telephone on 07720 637808, or by email at For more details, you can visit our workshops page. WORKSHOPS.

Proud Stone Carver
Proud Sculptor

Stone Carving for Beginners at Glenthorne Weymouth

28th June. (1 Place left.) 19th July. (8 Places left.) 2nd August. (6 Places left.)

10.00-4.30. £85

Glenthorne. 15, Old Castle Road. Weymouth. Dorset. DT4 8QB

Spent a day carving Portland Stone in this beautiful venue overlooking Portland Harbour.

  • The stone carving courses will give you the opportunity to sculpt a small relief of your own design ( or by using one of my templates )  on a piece of Portland Stone.
  • The course is suitable for ages 12+
  • Tools and materials are supplied as well as protective safety glasses.
  • Appropriate clothing to be worn (i.e. enclosed shoes)
  • The stones vary in size but to give you a rough idea here are some sizes. 22 x 20cms, 18 x 22cms. If you have a design in mind and can print out different sizes that would be great.
  • Coffee & Tea supplied. 
  • If you decide to use your own design please bring images/drawings.
  • To ensure the quality of the Workshops, classes are limited to eight participants

Carving is easy, you just cut down to the skin and stop.



“Having never done anything like this before, I was full of trepidation but John was great. I learned so much, I went from beginner to smug in just a few hours. John gave me the tools to create a satisfying carving. I would recommend this course to anyone. Thank you”.Pauline 

“I did a workshop mid-June in Weymouth and really enjoyed it. The workstation was laid out well for easy usage. John was inspirational and very helpful as this was my first time. I brought home a piece of work that I’m very proud of and my wife loves. This course is definitely worth doing and is worthwhile”. Martin


5 thoughts on “Stone Carving Workshops

  1. Brenda Gibb says:

    John’s carvings are so beautiful and tactile, I spent a wonderful two hours with John at one of his workshops and was most impressed with the carving I did, so much so had I not been away this weekend I would have returned for another work shop.

  2. Julian Plant says:

    What a great experience! First time in years being creative for me and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. John is a first class tutor, I can highly recommend his carving workshop!

  3. Tony Roberts says:

    I had never done anything like this before (I may be a scientist and psychologist, definitely NOT an artist) but I loved my Taster Workshop and being able to discover the curled up cat sleeping a few mm below the surface of a beautiful piece of Portland stone: a revelation to passers-by viewers and a miracle to me! John is a great teacher! Thank you! …. and I shall come back next birthday if I may ….

  4. Malcolm Allebon says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed a gorgeous day of stone carving under the superb tuition of John Davey. This is an activity I had never previously experienced and by the end of the workshop for beginners I had learned a huge amount, such that I am very much encouraged to develop this interest further. John’s guidance is truly excellent, with his experience and background as sculptor inspirational. As a bonus, being able to chip away outside on a sunny day with magnificent views of the sea and Portland was a delight and a reminder of the origins of the stone we were working with.

    I wholeheartedly recommend John’s Stone Carving for Beginners courses without reservation.

  5. Martin Taylor says:

    My wife and I recently had the pleasure to attend one of John’s courses for beginners at Corfe Castle. We were both absolute beginners but were amazed at what we achieved with John’s guidance and advice. The time absolutely flew by and we both learnt so much. I would thoroughly recommend this experience, John is an excellent instructor and both intend to continue with our new found interest

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