Stone Carving Workshops

 Stone Carving Workshops for Beginners

John your tutor has over 30yrs 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!

Stone Carving for Beginners at Glenthorne Weymouth

31st August 2019. 10.00-4.00 £ 85

  • 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 insure the quality of the Workshops, classes are limited to eight participants

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

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

Taster Stone Carving for Beginners

20th August Athay Gallery Portland

Enjoy a Stonecarving for Beginners workshop with the renowned John Davey who has over 30 years of experience as a Sculptor and Stonemason.

This taster stone carving workshop will give you the opportunity to engrave your initials on a piece of Portland Stone or carve a small relief image.

We have two workshop timing options (10am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4pm) – please select the required timeslot from our Eventbrite pages prior to booking.

You will be taught various carving techniques using Johns’ tools, and of course you take away your very own masterpiece. Tools and materials supplied as well as protective safety glasses. The course is suitable for ages +12 years. Appropriate clothing must be worn (you will get a bit messy!) and we must insist on enclosed shoes for your protection.

Taster workshop: £38 per person (maximum of 8 per group)

Please note: This is an outdoor event, therefore last minute cancellations are unavoidable. Full refunds will be given if we (Athay Gallery, John Davey or Portland Marina) unexpectedly have to cancel this event due to events out of our control. Athay Gallery, John Davey and Portland Marina cannot be held accountable for any additional losses incurred due to this event being cancelled.

Book here on Eventbrite.

Day Workshop at Sculpture by the Lakes            

5th October 10.30-4.30 2019.

.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

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


3 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 ….

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