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Beginner 2 Workshop

This 5 day workshop is an introduction to carving stone using power tools in a working stone sculpture studio. Participants will use a choice of limestone or Carrara marble to plan and create a sculpture, using electric and pneumatic tools. You will learn the Direct Carving method, wherein you create a sculpture directly from the block of stone. Your goal will be to leave with a completed, flat bottomed  sculpture, however if you do not finish your piece by course end, you will have enough knowledge to finish your sculpture on your own, (after you leave).

Bring your creativity and enthusiasm and let’s make dust!

This course is for one with some experience carving, even in another medium and has a basic understanding of carving tools.*

*must be 18 years or older

What’s Included

  • work table
  • 2 sandbags
  • 1/2 cubic foot (approx.) your choice of either limestone or Carrara marble
  • use of angle grinders
  • use of manual tools
  • use of pneumatic hammers and chisels
  • use of die grinders & points
  • use of rasps and rifflers
  • sanding cloth
  • fatigue mat for standing on

What To Bring

  • mandatory – safety glasses, dust mask or respirator, ear protection, long hair protection, closed steel toe footwear, clothes to get dusty in
  • suggested – thin work gloves

Daily Schedule

Morning: Safety talk, technical aspects of power tools and safe use, choose your material, conceptualize your composition.

Afternoon: Begin to carve your sculpture.

Morning: Power tool maintenance, stone geology, deal with tricky carving situations, carving time.

Afternoon: Carving time.

Morning: Using power tools to sand and smooth your sculpture, composition critique, tips for future compositions, general sculpture composition discussion.

Afternoon: Carving time.

Morning: Brief history of stone sculpture over the centuries, new technologies to explore for creating and executing stone sculpture, carving time.

Afternoon: Carving time.

Morning: Carving time

Afternoon: Carving time and clean up.


  • $950.00 Canadian + GST


  • Due to the continued frustrations with COVID-19, the next workshop offering is TBA.