An Introduction to Letter Cutting in Stone

An Introduction to Letter Cutting in Stone

A two-day course presented by the SPAB, in association with the National Trust.

06/05/2022 - 07/05/2022
Course Type: 
Courses & Study Day


Introductory, General Interest, CPD, Leisure Learning
Conservation Skills Centre
Coleshill Home Farm,
SN6 7PT, Coleshill, near Swindon
United Kingdom

£395 per person

Event details

An Introduction to Letter Cutting in Stone

6 - 7 May 2022
Conservation Skills Centre, Coleshill Home Farm (National Trust), Coleshill, near Swindon, SN6 7PT
£395 per person


Suitable for all levels, our experienced and friendly craft tutors, award-winning carver Thomas Ball and sculptor Rory Young, will guide you through the various processes within a small group setting, starting with drawing letters and setting out. There will also be various talks within the course to understand a little more about the traditions of the craft. There will be an opportunity to create a small plaque and particpants are asked to come prepared with a word they would like to cut as part of their individual project. 

This course will appeal to anyone with an interest in letter cutting, either as an introduction to the craft or those wishing to extend their skills and understanding further.  

Spaces are limited - advance booking is recommended.


The SPAB is an IHBC recognised CPD provider and attendance certificates for CPD are available on request. 


This a is a two-day course. Refreshments and lunch are provided.  Accommodation is not included.    


To be confirmed - coming soon.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): 
The course will take place in a workshop. Delegates should wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear. PPE (hi viz, goggles, gloves) and all tools and materials will be provided. Delegates are welcome to bring their own goggles and gloves if they wish. 


Please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.



Thomas Ball - carver and letter cutter in wood and stone
Thomas is a freelance carver specialising in restoration carving and letter cutting in wood and stone. Originally training as a technician illustrator and model maker, Tom then moved his focus to carving and studied historic carving at City and Guilds of London Art School. Now working as a tutor at the School, Tom continues to run his own workshop taking on private commissions as well as working alongside some of the country's top restoration companies. Tom has recently been awarded the Master Crafts Certificate by the Worshipful Company of Joiner and Ceilers.

Rory Young - designer, stone carver and repairer of historic buildings
Rory has been designing inscriptions and cutting letters in stone and slate for over 40 years, always in conjunction with statue carving for cathedrals and churches, stonemasonry, repairing historic buildings, teaching and lecturing. Rory’s work is in Westminster Abbey, the Guards Chapel, St. George's Bloomsbury, Carlisle Cathedral, the Chapel of the Dukes of Beaufort and parishes churches.


COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures: We ask all delegates to bring and wear their own mask during the workshop. Hand washing stations and hand sanitiser will be available. If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) - a new, continuous cough; high temperature; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - or have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms of the virus, we ask that you inform us immediately and do not attend the workshop. Our measures are subject to change in accordance with Government guidelines. 


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Image of course tutor Rory Young 


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