Courses

Lettercarving in stone & lettering design
Mon 15 – Fri 19 July 2019  (five days)
Nant Hirwen, Moelfre, Llansilin, Powys, Wales  SY10 7QW
Tutor: John Neilson
Current bookings:
The course is now nominally fully booked. However please do contact me if you’re interested: one or two places may become available, and I can put you on a reserve list or let you know if additional courses are planned.

Course content: Flexible according to needs of students. We will discuss what you’d like to do well in advance. There is a maximum of 10 students and everyone will get plenty of individual attention. A wide range of experience can be accommodated, from those in the early stages of lettercarving to professionals wishing to brush up on a particular aspect. However commitment is expected so it may not suit complete beginners or those just wishing to ‘have a go’.
Venue: Nant Hirwen is a small working farm in a very beautiful part of rural Wales close to Oswestry, and home to three generations of the welcoming Davies family. The course takes place in converted farm buildings and, weather permitting, outside. This will be the third year the course has been run here.
Accommodation: Bunkhouse accommodation is available at Nant Hirwen itself, or there are various self-catering cottages between 2 and 4km away. Please contact me for more details.
Equipment and tools: Easels and bankers will be provided. I would encourage you to bring your own chisels and smaller items if you can, but I have plenty of spares. I will send out a kit list nearer the time.
Course fee
: £320. This includes a copious and delicious lunch each day prepared mostly from organically grown ingredients, and tea/coffee and snacks throughout the day. Stone will be charged extra at cost price. I ask for a £50 deposit on booking a place (please see below) and then the full balance before the course starts, but do feel free to contact me to register an interest if you’re not yet ready to commit yourself.
Booking, confirmation & refund of deposit: To book a place or go on the reserve list please email me, and I will reply as soon as I pick up your email. In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled any deposit and fees paid will be refunded in full. If you pull out before 15 May I will refund your deposit less any bank/currency exchange charges. If you cancel after 15 May your deposit will not usually be refunded unless I can fill your place.
Languages: Dans une certaine mesure je peux vous enseigner en français. Hasta cierto punto puedo enseñarle en castellano.
Testimonials: I am happy to put you in contact with previous students for an unbiased view of their experience!
Enquiries: If you have any questions at all about the course please contact me.

Other courses
Here are some other people or organisations who provide short courses in lettercarving. Click on their names to go to their websites.
Pip Hall (Cumbria).
Robbie Schneider (Cromarty, Scotland).
Lettering Arts Trust: courses with Tom Perkins & Eric Marland (Cambridge), Chris Elsey (Ditching, Sussex) and Pip Hall (Cumbria).
West Dean College (Sussex): courses with Tom Perkins and Gary Breeze (wood).
Orton Trust (Northants): courses with Shaun Bradley.
European Lettering Institute (Bruges, Belgium): courses with Immanuel Corbillon and Robbie Schneider.