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Monumental stone masonry and letter cutting - an introduction

Saturday 18 June 2016 Tickets £95, including materials

A HANDS-ON COURSE LED BY NEIL LUXTON

Saturday 18 June 2016 10.30am to 5pm

Spend a day learning about the historic craft of monumental stone masonry and the practical skills required to shape a block of stone and inscribe lettering and take home your own piece of work on Portland stone. Led by Highgate Cemetery’s resident stone mason Neil Luxton, this practical, hands-on course is specifically for those with no experience of stone masonry.

The day will begin with a tour of the cemetery looking at various monuments and their construction and then you will then spend the rest of the day learning how to use essential stone masonry tools in order to work an edge to a scribed line, and more. No previous experience or artistic skills are needed come and enjoy yourself and discover your own creative abilities. You will be introduced to the basics of both classical and contemporary letter forms by means of the creation of a simple inscription from an initial design.

Tools and personal protective wear provided.

Tickets £95. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.
20 places


Neil Luxton

Neil has been resident mason at Highgate Cemetery since 1997.  Here he has created memorials for such famous individuals as Jeremy Beadle, Malcolm McLaren, Beryl Bainbridge, Jean Simmons and Anthony Shaffer.  He also works to private commission at his studio in Sudbury, Suffolk.