Introduction to Stonemasonry - workshop

Event Date: 
07/05/2016 - 10:00am to 08/05/2016 - 5:00pm
Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton EX6 6PB

A Dartmoor Arts project 2-day weekend course: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2016. At Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton EX6 6PB. 10am - 5pm, £60/£50

This is a comprehensive introduction to the skills, techniques, tools and purposes of stonemasonry with 2 experienced tutors, Trevor Clarke and Ben Martin. You will learn how to use and maintain tools, practice masonry and letter carving techniques and can work on a project of your own, carve an inscription or a 3D piece, or both. All materials and tools are provided. The course will include a tour of Castle Drogo, currently undergoing...

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Ros said: "We were very keen to find someone local to the area, a person as appreciative of this rich landscape and its wildlife as we are. Through a friend's recommendation, we met Matt Hurley and soon formed a good working relationship. We exchanged...