This class for beginners covers the basics of hand-carving letters in stone using only hand tools. All materials & tools are provided, as well as plenty of practice time, demonstration & guidance. Participants use a brass mallet & steel chisel to chase out lines, curves, serifs, dots, & other special techniques. Each participant creates a composition of 1 to 4 letters that is carved into a slate plaque to take home with them    Students will put their hands to this most ancient art & create something that could last for hundreds of years. One day of the class will be a field trip to historic cemeteries to get inspired by 18th century lettering.


Please note this class runs approximately from 9AM - 5PM. (Subject to Instructor Discretion) 


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  • Allison Blake Steel is one of only about a dozen artisans in the U.S. still practicing the ancient art of carving letters by hand using only a mallet & chisel. She is the proprietor of Hand Carved Slate of Old Chatham, NY. Where she creates original hand-carved gravestones. She began carving slate in 2005, & gives lectures on her research into gravestone art. She previously worked as a gravestone conservator for Monument Conservation Collaborative restoring hundreds of early gravestones all over NY & New England.

  • Due to limited seating, we request that you cancel at least 2 weeks notice before the scheduled class in order to recieve a full refund. This gives us the opportunity to fill the class. You may cancel by phone or by emailing