Carving Courses

The courses are suitable for people with varying carving skills – from the complete beginner to the more experienced stone carver. You will be guided through the whole process by an experienced tutor, taught good working practice, tool handling and the basic stone carving techniques.

Students can work on their own designs or the tutor can suggest a start point for a variety of projects ranging from sculpture in the round, relief carving, or architectural carving, creating your own unique piece of work to take home at the end of the course.

 

LEARN TO CARVE IN A SUPPORTIVE AND ENCOURAGING ENVIRONMENT

Winter 1 Term

Spring

Monday Mornings March


5th March to 30th April (Excluding 2nd & 9th April)

Duration
7 weeks - 9am to 12 noon

Cost
£210 + £45 Materials

Monday Evenings March


5th March to 30th April (Excluding 2nd & 9th April)

Duration
7 Week 6pm to 8.30pm

Cost
£170 + £45 Materials

Friday Mornings March


2nd March to 4th May (Excluding Friday 30th March & 13th & 27th April)

Duration
7 week 9am to 12 noon

Cost
£210 + £45 Materials

Summer

Monday Evenings June


4th June to 23rd July

Duration
8 Week 6pm to 8.30pm

Cost
£195 + £45 Materials

Monday Mornings June


4th June to 16th July

Duration
7 weeks - 9am to 12 noon

Cost
£210 + £45 Materials

Friday Mornings June


8th June to 20th July

Duration
7 week 9am to 12 noon

Cost
£210 + £45 Materials

Autumn Term

Friday Mornings September

Date
7th September to 19th October

Duration
7 week 9am to 12 noon

Cost
£210 + £45 Materials

Monday Mornings September

Date
3rd September to 15th October

Duration
7 weeks - 9am to 12 noon

Cost
£210 + £45 Materials

Monday Evenings September

Date
3rd September to 22nd October

Duration
8 Week 6pm to 8.30pm

Cost
£195 + £45 Materials

Winter 2 Term

Monday Mornings October

Date
29th October to 17th December (no class 5th November)

Duration
7 weeks - 9am to 12 noon

Cost
£210 + £45 Materials

Monday Evenings October

Date
29th October to 17th December (no class 5th November)

Duration
7 Week 6pm to 8.30pm

Cost
£170 + £45 Materials

Friday Mornings October

Date
26th October to 14th December (no class 9th November)

Duration
7 week 9am to 12 noon

Cost
£210 + £45 Materials

Weekend course

Weekend Course March


March 3rd- 4th 2018

Duration
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Cost
£195 + £45 Materials

Weekend Course May


May 12th - 13th 2018

Duration
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Cost
£195 + £45 Materials

Weekend Course June


June 9th - 10th 2018

Duration
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Cost
£195 + £45 Materials

Weekend Course July


July 7th - 8th 2018

Duration
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Cost
£195 + £45 Materials

Weekend Course September


September 15th - 16th 2018

Duration
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Cost
£195 + £45 Materials

Weekend Course October


October 13th - 14th 2018

Duration
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Cost
£195 + £45 Materials

Weekend Course November


November 17th - 18th 2018

Duration
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Cost
£195 + £45 Materials

What our customers think


There was a really happy atmosphere in the studio! – friendly and relaxed, but also very ...

There was a really happy atmosphere in the studio! – friendly and relaxed, but also very productive and focussed. The students were all engrossed in their craft, in an immensely supportive teaching environment.

Reflecting on this teaching observation, it strikes me that there are two crucial elements which make Henry’s studio teaching such a success: firstly his long experience and complete mastery of his craft, and secondly the personal qualities which make him such a superb teacher. There was never any feeling of ‘I’m the expert, listen to me’ – quite the reverse: he was dealing with students as equals, and as friends with whom he wanted to share something special.

 

VISIT TO HENRY GRAY’S STONE CARVING STUDIO

On Monday 10th November 2014 I spent a fascinating morning at Henry Gray’s Stone Carving Studio, as part of my course on teaching calligraphy. A requirement of this course is the observation of an experienced teacher, and I chose to visit a teacher of a craft different to my own, but related to it.

The studio is ideally set up for teaching, with individual ‘work stations’ in place for up to eight students, and a comprehensive range of tools is available. Henry’s starting point for teaching is his feeling that almost every human being needs to have more confidence. His teaching style is therefore one of giving gentle (though very expert) guidance and encouragement, while also leaving students to work things out for themselves when appropriate.

It was fascinating to watch Henry’s interaction with the students. He was able to take in quickly what each was aiming at, and was very sensitive in the ways in which he gave guidance. Sometimes he would demonstrate how to use a tool more effectively, both in terms of the angle of the chisel to the stone, but also from the point of view of muscles used and the stance needed for greatest economy of effort. I noticed him gently stimulating students to think about what they wanted to achieve, and what techniques and tools they might use to achieve it, often referring to an impressive piece of his own work in progress, to discuss a particular technique he had used and how well it had worked. I felt that he was constantly watching for ways in which he could help – but help was given in the gentlest, most encouraging way, and always unobtrusively and self-effacingly, treating the students completely as equals. I couldn’t imagine a more encouraging or approachable teacher.

Not surprisingly, there was a really happy atmosphere in the studio! – friendly and relaxed, but also very productive and focussed. The students were all engrossed in their craft, in an immensely supportive teaching environment.

Reflecting on this teaching observation, it strikes me that there are two crucial elements which make Henry’s studio teaching such a success: firstly his long experience and complete mastery of his craft, and secondly the personal qualities which make him such a superb teacher. There was never any feeling of ‘I’m the expert, listen to me’ – quite the reverse: he was dealing with students as equals, and as friends with whom he wanted to share something special. I shall always remember his example in my own teaching, and hope that I can live up to it.


Heather McCombie
Student Teacher Testimonial

Expect a warm welcome from Henry, other students, a wood-burning stove and a kettle on. I’ve ...

Expect a warm welcome from Henry, other students, a wood-burning stove and a kettle on.

I’ve been attending courses with Henry for 3  years and am still happily learning under his skilful guidance.

He aims to create an atmosphere in which we can make what we want to – and that is exactly what he does.

The combination of the deep pleasure and satisfaction Henry derives from working with stone and with people make him an ideal teacher.

The groups are always welcoming and a delight to join and the outcome wonderfully tangible.


Frances Maynard
Student Testimonial

I haven’t looked back since and so enjoy the total absorption that 2½ hours on a Monday evening ...

I haven’t looked back since and so enjoy the total absorption that 2½ hours on a Monday evening brings.

I did my first course with Henry in April 2015 a friend asked me to join her as she wanted to carve a head stone for her mother’s grave. Henry is a very kind and generous teacher, he encourages your own ideas and supports you along the way with the right techniques and correct use of the tools. The workshop is in a beautiful location and even the drive there is relaxing. Anyone can do this it is fun, rewarding and of course at times frustrating but magical when your piece emerges from a piece of stone that is millions of years old.


Jo Rodwell
Student Testimonial

I attended an introductory weekend carving course and was instantly hooked so have now started ...

I attended an introductory weekend carving course and was instantly hooked so have now started weekly sessions – wonderful! The venue, facilities, instruction and company are all great.

Henry – thank you for the classes – the highlight of my week!


Chris Baughan
Student

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