Stone & Letter Carving Course
23-26 August 2021
Three day carving workshop fully inclusive

Tutors Nina Bilbey and Charlotte Howarth have built a unique and exciting course, designed to accommodate all levels of experience - from complete beginners to advanced users looking to build on skills and further their knowledge and capabilities. The cost of the course is £500 per person and includes 3 full days tuition, 3 nights camping pitch, set pieces of stone for carving and letter carving, use of tools, breakfast, coffee, lunch, tea and dinner as well as after dinner talks.

There is a limited amount of space for people to bring a non carving companion along.

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Stone Carving

Either build on existing skills or start from the beginning, this course is suitable for absolute beginners and experienced carvers alike. Using a range of historic plaster casts from the tutors personal library, you will learn to transfer information not only using traditional tools such as mallets and chisels, but also how choose and identify natural stone for different jobs.
This guided course is structured to develop skill and nurture confidence for your next carving adventure.

Letter Carving

Whether you a complete beginner or would like to hone your skills, this course will be adaptable to whatever your level of skill. You will learn about lettering design, layout, drawing your work directly onto the stone and methods of carving with chisels. There will be plenty of opportunity for individual tuition and expert guidance. Stone, tools and materials are provided, though students are welcome to bring their own stone and project.


Set in an area of rewilding within the West Acre estate, Bradmoor Woods is in the heart of rural Norfolk. The price of the workshop includes all meals (vegetarian) and one camping pitch. If Camping is not your thing, you can choose to upgrade to one of the super comfortable glamping structures with all bedding supplied. There are also a small number of spaces available to bring a (non carving) friend for a small extra fee. They can share the glamping experience and explore the area around or just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Infomation for your trip

For the carving course, you will need some clothes that you don't mind getting dusty and an apron is a good idea. You will need to bring a mask and goggles/eye protection to wear while you are carving (we recommend a P3 dust mask) and sturdy shoes or boots.

If you will be camping you will need to bring your tent and sleeping things as well as your own towels. You will be able to use the communal kitchen to make teas and coffees etc.

If a tent is not your thing, for a small fee you can upgrade to one of the glamping structures, they have super comfy beds with sheets and duvets provided, however you will still need to bring your own towels. We also recommend bringing warm and comfortable clothes for the evenings and some insect repellent. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol.


We are running the carving course from Bradmoor Woods -we will have sole use of the site. The open air nature of the large glamping site is ideally suited to maintaining a Covid secure working environment and will do everything possible to keep the site safe and secure. We understand that in these uncertain times it can be difficult to plan ahead and make commitments, therefore we are only asking for a non refundable deposit to secure your place. We will ask for the balance of the payment much closer to the time when we are confident that the course will be able to go ahead. The deposit will help to offset some of the costs we will have already incurred. This course is being run on a not for profit base.