Make your mark at a West Cork stone carving workshop!
* Learn how to make your mark using a chisel and mallet in a small, supportive workshop setting.
* Discover different styles of lettering and carving as well as spacing techniques.
* Benefit from the insights and support of some of the world's best stone carvers.
* Immerse yourself in a creative community that appreciates and celebrates traditional skills.
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 Durrus 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!
Multiday tickets are also available.
Take a stone carving workshop at the West Cork Stone Symposium in the coastal village of Durrus at the head of the Sheep’s Head peninsula
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.
During a practical and relaxing weekend, with a fantastic atmosphere, you’ll learn carving techniques from some of the most creative and experienced stone carvers in Ireland. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or looking to learn more advanced techniques, you’ll develop your stone-carving skills in a friendly atmosphere where everyone shares skills and ideas in a friendly atmosphere.
Workshops will run in the village of Durrus at the head of the Sheep’s Head peninsula 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! There’s always plenty of music and fun to justify staying over for the weekend.
Training (all tutors are paid for their work)
Use of stone, tools and equipment
The workshops will be located around Durrus village on the Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork on Ireland’s southwest coastline. The village is just 15 minutes drive from Bantry. For details of places to stay and eat, see http://livingthesheepsheadway.com
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.
Lightweight waterproof clothing in case of bad weather.
This workshop is a collaboration with the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland and DSWAI members run/organise/and instruct this part of the Symposium. Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of everyone involved, but all activities are undertaken at the participants’ own risk. Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of everyone involved, but all activities are undertaken at the participants’ own risk.
Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
Friday 22rd March, Saturday 23th March, Sunday 24th March