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Stone Carving - Improvers **NEW COURSE**

13th October 2018 - 14th October 2018 | Northleach
| £130
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
A fantastic two day course learning the art of stone carving with expert stone carver Sebastian Rasch

Course description: From Gargoyles loitering on catherdral rooves to ornate garden sculptures, the art of stone carving have been around for a very long time. On this course you will develop your skills and knowledge and of both the techniques used to carve stone and the medium of stone itself.

You will learn more advanced techniques of stone carving, the tools required and how you use them. By the end of the two days you can expect to have completed a more complex sculpture, whether it be a human face, your favourite animal, or something practical like a bowl.

There is a strong Geological element to this course, exploring the formation of minerals over immense periods of time in earth's history. 20 of the most common minerals, including quartz, pyrite and garnet, in addition to stone for carving purposes, will be explored throughout the course. This element of the course will include comparing hard and soft stone, and information about the MOHS scale of hardness.

There will also be instruction in the use of power tools for stone carving, and the best tools to work with particular types of stone. However, this instruction will also include hand-tools such as various types of chisel (bolster, claw, point), adzes, rasps, pumices and stone sealer.

 

What do you need to know: Prior knowledge or experience is required. This course is ideal for those who have completed a Beginners course in stone carving and want to learn more!

Instructor: Sebastian is an expert stone carver with many years experience in this traditional craft. 

What to bring on the day: All materials and equipment provided. You will need to bring appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear and a packed lunch 

Times: Start: 10.30 am, Finish 17.00 pm (approximately)