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Stone Carving - Taster Day

5th March 2013 | Filkins, Oxfordshire
| £119
Course Provider: Cotswold Conservation Board
Spend a day learning the historic craft of stone masonry and the practical skills required to mould a block of locally sourced Cotswold Limestone into a variety of shapes and designs.

Working with our partners at the the Filkins Stone Company, this practical, hands-on course has been designed specifically for those with little or no experience of stone masonry. So whether you fancy your hand as a stone mason or would simply like to give it a try, this course provides is an ideal taster experience of this traditional Cotswold skill.

The day will begin with an introduction to the Cotswold Woollen Weavers and Filkins Stone Company complex in Filkins with tea/coffee, and a very short overview of what limestone is, where it comes from, and why it is so important to the heritage of the Cotswolds. Its then over to the workshop where students will then spend the morning learning how to use essential stone masonry tools in order to square up a block, work an edge to a scribed line, and more.

A buffet lunch will be provided in the coffee shop at Cotswold Woollen Weavers, and in the afternoon, students will be encouraged to use their new-learned skills to work a series of chamfers along the edges of a limestone block. The aim by the end of the day is that each student will take home their own worked block of stone, worthwhile skills, and happy memories of a day well-spent.

Stone Masonry in the Cotswolds

The craft of stone masonry has existed since the dawn of civilization - creating buildings, structures, and sculpture using stone from the earth. These materials have been used to construct many of the long-lasting, ancient monuments, artifacts, cathedrals, and cities in a wide variety of cultures that we see around the world today.

Stone has always been a prominent feature of the Cotswold landscape and is evident in many of the dry-stone walls and historic building that can be viewed around the AONB today. The prominent type of stone used in the Cotswolds is 'oolithic limestone', formed 175 - 200 million years ago during the mid-Jurassic period. It is this stone that can be seen today is most traditional cotswold buildings and walls.

The Instructor

Paul Phillips is a professional stone mason at Filkins Stone Company, Gloucestershire with over 25 years experience working in the stone mason industry. When not passing his skills on to potential new stone masons, Paul produces bespoke ornamental estate and garden features.