Stone Carving Workshops....
*NEW DAYTIME & EVENING COURSES.* (10 weeks)
Monday or Friday mornings 9.30am - 12pm.
Monday or Friday afternoons 1pm - 3.30pm. (Monday afternoon 6 spaces available).
Monday or Tuesday evenings 6.30pm - 9pm
10 WEEK WORKSHOPS £150.00 (£50 deposit secures place).
Maximum 7 students at any one time.
Run over a 10 week period, these courses are ongoing and designed as an introduction to the ancient art of stone carving.
During the courses, students will get the chance to create their own unique piece of sculpture, working the stone into shape using centuries old techniques.
Students will learn how to handle the tools of the trade, choose a piece of stone (between £5 - £50) and work it from 'rough' using a traditional mallet and chisels.
The emphasis for each session will be on practical work and Rob will be on hand to guide each student and offer advice as needed.
At the end of the course each student will have their own beautiful stone carving to take home with them and enjoy - It's bound to become a talking point !!
10 WEEK WORKSHOP (SATURDAY afternoons). £150-00. (£50 deposit secures place).
2.30pm - 5pm. Ongoing (5 spaces available).
10 WEEK WORKSHOP (WEDNESDAY evenings). £150-00. (£50 deposit secures place).
6.30pm - 9pm. Ongoing. (From 12th Sept, 4 spaces available).
All of the workshops will be held at Smallway Retail Park, Congresbury,
The same applies as above, in that you will be working towards a finished sculpture that can be taken away with you.
The courses are aimed at letting your imagination run wild and using the stone as a canvas, working through the processes and any problems that may arise.
Rob is also happy to put his ideas and plans forward for anyone that may need a helping hand.
Group numbers are limited for each course (7 students per course), so that every student can benefit from Robs' wealth of experience and friendly guidance.
If you need to miss a session through work etc, then this will be added on at the end of your course so everyone gets the full 10 weeks.
Cancellations must be received no later than 7 days prior to the start date for a refund.
The price includes the use of:- Mallet, carving chisels and tools, safety glasses, workbench, etc.
Rob has been working as a Stonemason since leaving school in 1988. His work is scattered throughout the Midlands and the South West and his commissions have come from as far afield as the Scottish borders.
Examples of Robs' craftsmanship can be seen above Shakespeares' tomb in Stratford, on the famous three spires of Lichfield Cathedral, St Martins church in Birmingham and in the grounds of Tyntesfield to name but a few.
After completing his formal apprenticeship with 'Linford Bridgeman', Rob took time out from the workshop to successfully study for a HND in Figurative Design and Sculpture at Stafford Art College.
On his return to practical stonemasonry, Rob quickly gained a reputation for high quality workmanship and decided to become self employed, running a successful workshop in Bridgnorth Shropshire, undertaking a variety of work ranging from gargoyles, grotesques,garden walling, ornaments, tracery windows and bespoke fireplaces.
With his wealth of experience and expertise, Rob now hopes to be able to pass on some of the skills he has acquired in what is seen by many as a 'dying trade'.