Stone carving with Simon Keeley

Carving in stone and wood

Ref: S1D11485

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About this course

Inspired by a natural object, explore sculptural carving in soft, easily-shaped Maltese limestone.

Course Description

This day offers an introduction to stone carving using natural forms for inspiration.

You will be working on small blocks of Maltese limestone. It is a very soft stone and relatively easy to shape with rifflers, files and chisels, so the results will be quick to see. It can also be sawn, and a variety of shapes and textures can be produced very easily.

Maltese limestone is good for producing a pleasing sculptural shape in one day, and you will be given guidance in the use of all tools and techniques. Relevant and interesting books will also be available for information and inspiration. You will definitely have an enjoyable and fulfilling day with a tutor that will inspire you.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Limestone and wet and dry paper.
  • Protective equipment supplied:
  • Dust masks
  • Safety spectacles
  • Respirator face shield
  • Ear defenders/ear plugs

What students need to bring

  • Please bring a design for a relief carving,10-20mm deep (ie not 3D or in the round) so that you are ready to mark-up on the stone at the start of the course.  The design can be of a natural form or based on an ancient design (eg Celtic knot), and should be drawn within the size of the stone provided 7 inches x 7 inches. 
  • Sketchbook/notebook and pencil if you wish
  • Old clothes/overalls and head covering as you will get dusty
  • Sensible shoes/boots (sandals are not suitable)
  • Hand cream
  • Pair of gloves

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Wet and dry paper

Stone carving is a dusty activity so wear appropriate clothing. Safety equipment (safety glasses and ear defenders) can be borrowed, masks are provided but you might like to bring fitting gloves to work in. Eye protection and face masks are supplied by the College and are essential. Foot covering – strong shoes or boots (steel toe caps preferred) must be worn when in the workshop. Full health and safety instructions will be given. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Simon Keeley

Over the last twenty years Simon Keeley MA has been designing and carving stone carvings for important buildings such as Westminster Abbey, Westminster School, and Harley Street in London. In recent years he has won Gold and Silver awards for The Craft and Design Magazine.

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