My daughters and I had an amazing time and I was really surprised at how much we learned in a short time. I could not fault the tutor, Johnathon. He was kind, encouraging, patient and very knowledgeable. Thank you.


Superb and exciting course

The day’s course on stone carving run by the tutor, Jonathan, was an absolute delight. It was very exciting to learn new skills in a new material and I will continue to develop my skills in the future. The location of the centre is superb with views over Swanage and the surrounding landscape.


Jonathan Sells is an exceptional teacher, able to adapt his teaching to suit the requirements of his students.

He works easily with children, adults, individuals and groups.

He combines the precision skills of a stonemason with the artistic intuition of a sculptor and so is able to instruct and guide his students along whichever path they choose to follow. By sharing his knowledge and passion for carving, Jonathan has inspired me and many others to explore this exciting art-form.

Jennifer Wearden

Honorary Research Fellow, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Whether you want to work large or small, carve lettering, reliefs or perhaps get stuck into a more ambitious three-dimensional piece Jonathan will help you achieve your dreams and yes… your friends will be impressed but even better so will you!

His classes are always fun without being frivolous and although learning is a serious business it’s easy to pick up a lot of knowledge when you’re enjoying yourself. Time passes quickly and all too soon it seems it’s time to pack up… but then your are looking forward to the next class.

Jeremy Calderwood

I have one of these beautiful leaves and it looks perfect in our home. x

Last month I attended one of Jonathan’s beginner stone carving workshops, which I found both enjoyable and relaxing. The small group size was ideal as there was much to learn. We chose a design and a suitable piece of Portland stone, then learnt how to handle the tools and undertook a practice piece before commencing our own design. Jonathan started with the basics then progressed to more complex carving techniques. My piece now has pride of place on the mantelpiece. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jonathan as an enthusiastic and talented teacher and I hope to be able to attend further workshops in future.

Attended a two day stone carving course 8 years ago with Jonathan i recommend anyone to try, such a great weekend. Thanks Jonathan