Stone Carving Workshops – Day Tickets


Stone carving workshops will run on each day of the West Cork Stone Symposium.


Using only traditional tools, you’ll learn some of the techniques involved in the craft of stone carving. Carve letters in local stone or try your hand at creating patterns and motifs. Over the course of your workshop, you’ll complete a small project that you’ll be able to bring home with you.

This is a skill you can continue to develop long after the West Cork Stone Symposium is over …

Workshops will run in a covered area from 9:30am to 4:30pm with breaks for tea and lunch. Groups will be divided by ability, and you're welcome to sign up for one day, or immerse yourself in the work of the symposium for two or three days!

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Make your mark at a West Cork stone carving workshop!

Since time immemorial, people have carved motifs into stone. When you learn to use a mallet and chisel to create your own artwork, you’ll become part of a community of modern craftspeople who are giving new life to ancient traditions.

The stone carving workshops at the West Cork Stone Symposium give you the opportunity to learn carving techniques from some of the most creative and experienced stone carvers in Europe.

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or you’re looking to learn more advanced techniques you can use on a personal stone-carving project, you’ll appreciate the chance to develop your stone-carving skills in the friendly atmosphere at the stone symposium.

Workshops will run in Ahakista from 9:30am to 4:30pm with breaks for tea and lunch. Groups will be divided by ability, and you’re welcome to sign up for one day, or to immerse yourself in the symposium for two or three days!

Clothing and Equipment

Tools will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own if you already have experience of stone carving. All participants will be required to be suitably dressed for the stone carving workshop and we recommend:

  • Comfortable clothing suitable for outdoor work.
  • Sturdy boots.
  • Lightweight waterproof clothing in case of bad weather.
  • Multi-Day Workshop Passes Available!



    The workshops will be located around the fishing village of Ahakista on the Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork on Ireland’s southwest coastline.

    This event is insured by the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland. Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of everyone involved, but all activities are undertaken at the participants’ own risk.

    Please note: All PayPal payments will be made to Wordhoard Communications which is accepting payments on behalf of the Sheep’s Head & Bantry Tourism Coop.

    Additional information


    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced


    Friday 24th March, Saturday 25th March, Sunday 26th March