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Catching Butterflies

25th January 2018

Stone is such heavy inanimate stuff that it might not seem a suitable material for such an ephemeral subject as a Red Admiral butterfly, but with stone carving, it is all about the material.

Wondering what you can achieve on a short course as a novice carver?

12th December 2017

Well, two students showed just how much can be done in four days at our last weekend course in August. Paul and Michael spent four days carving over the bank holiday weekend and each created really impressive three dimensional carvings. Key to their success was having a clear idea about what they wanted to make – which helped them to get off to a good start, and gave them a clear picture of what they were aiming for.

Cold blooded and spineless

8th August 2015

In July Pete completed a series of four insect relief carvings which were installed along the Pennine way around Low Force waterfall in Teesdale. They are  carved out of the local black Weardale limestone, a very hard stone which polishes to a deep black and gives excellent variation in colour.

Autumn Carvers

2nd December 2014

We had a lovely carving course in October with mother and daughter team Anna and Biddy, two husband and wife teams, Paul & Jo and Sarah and Mike as well as Chris, who made a striking mask relief. We were also visited by Conchita, who is now a regular; having completed two smaller pieces, Conchita is now working on a large 3-d sculpture for a very special occasion (details not to be divulged). She is doing some work on the piece at home and pops back every couple of months to get some help with the next technical challenge.

Reflecting on the stone carving process

7th October 2014

One of our August weekend carvers was Amanda, who spent five days developing a three dimensional carving inspired by the shape of a lapwing’s wing. Amanda is a writer and expert in communication and she has documented her carving days in her blog. She has reflected deeply on the creative process and the powerful mind-body connection that is central to the art of stone carving. Amanda’s piece is quite complex and she has taken the stone back to London where she is continuing to work on it – she will return in November to build on her skills and work with Pete on how to bring the carving completion.

Rosalie

"I just wanted to say that the sculpture is perfect and we absolutely love it. It catches the light in so many different ways and looks amazing"

- Rosalie