The Stone Carving Studio - Short Courses and Weekly Classes
Warminster School Stone Casting Project - Bench
The Old Kennels
Craft courses in the Blackdown Hills

Each year I am lucky enough to run a 2 day course at the Old Kennels in Dunkeswell in Devon. Tracey, who runs the courses at her beautiful home, works hard to make her venue feel warm and welcoming, and she totally succeeds! She has a great selection of courses on offer, and uses great artists and craftspeople for tutors. I love going there, plus she has Alpacas to watch!  

Warminster School Stone Casting Project - Bench
John Parson's Chisels, Messums and Wardour
July 2018

At the beginning of July we met at John Parson’s workshop in the rolling Chalk Valley. He makes stone carving chisels by hand, and sells them across the world. We learnt a great deal about what is involved in making carving and masonry chisels, and were amazed by his induction forge that heated thick bar of steel in a matter of seconds!

We then moved on to Messums gallery in Tisbury in their beautifully restored tithe barn. They had an exhibition of heads by an incredibly varied range of artists, from Roman to contemporary, a very good show portraying the same subject in so many forms.

It was a sweltering day, a few of us had the energy to go on to Wardour Castle to have a look round, and relax under the shade of the huge parkland trees there.

Warminster School Stone Casting Project - Bench
Avebury to McMarmilloyds Yard
April 2018

Kate and her stone carvers have been out and about as well as in the studio on some “school trips”.

Back in April, when the Beast from the East was hanging round, we had an atmospheric trip to Avebury. Julie, who comes on a Saturday, has also recently completed a degree in archaeology, so gave us a fascinating tour round the site in the mist and cold. Afterwards we had a pub lunch and a visit to McMarmilloyds near Marlborough, who stock and sell exotic stone to carve.

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