Community Project Offers Young Adults Opportunity to Discover Secrets of Stone Carving

Dumfries Stonecarving Project

The Dumfries Stonecarving Project is delivering a week-long course for young adults, wheret they can discover the craft of working with, and sculpting stone.

From Monday 8th April through to Friday 12th April, participants will work with experienced sculptors and stone masons to learn some of the craft and secrets of stone carving.

The students will learn about tools and techniques, and produce their own piece of carved stone along with group pieces which will be displayed in the town.  They will also discover the rich history of stone working in the Dumfries area and see how this important tradition is being kept alive today.   The week long course will take place at The Bridge, Dumfries and will be a perfect way to connect heritage with modern facilities and resources.


Stonecarving Project Lead, Tara S. Beall said, “This will be a great opportunity to work with stone carvers from across Scotland.  Stone working had traditionally been a male-dominated industry but we’re really keen to get young women involved as well as young men and are delighted to have Josephine Crossland along as one of the tutors.  Jo is a fantastic sculptor working in the Scottish Borders, having completed her apprenticeship with Michelle de Bruin, she is now creating striking pieces of artwork which are much in demand.  This Spring Stonecarving School will be both a fun opportunity and also a chance to really get into a craft which could be the beginnings of a career.


Thanks to funding from the Holywood Trust and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the places on this course are offered free of charge, with small contributions towards modest local travel if needed.   Anyone aged 15-25 is encouraged to apply, with priority to applicants who can attend all week.

To apply for a place or for further information email


The Dumfries Stonecarving Project is run by the Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust to celebrate the sandstone heritage of the area, from quarries at Locharbriggs to carved gargoyles in the town centre.