Celtic Stone Carving in Limestone for Beginners


UPDATED 10/08/2022
The Fall 2022 class is FILLED!
Our next session will be offered in April/May, 2023.

Masks are not required to be worn in this outside class setting though there are times you will be asked to do so because of the stone dust. By attending a Blackstone River Theatre class, you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. 

A two-day class in Celtic Relief Stone Carving

Blackstone River Theatre will offer a two-day class in Celtic Relief Stone carving in Limestone for beginners with instructor Laura Travis, outside, behind the Blackstone River Theatre. The class will be held on a Saturday AND Sunday on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day (with a half-hour lunch break.) Teenagers (age 16 and up), college students and adults are all welcome and no experience is required. (Note: Laura WILL also be able to accommodate students who have taken this class in the past and want to build on their skills!) A maximum of 10 students will be allowed; a minimum of six is needed to run the class.

The course fee is $125 payable to Blackstone River Theatre plus a separate $15 materials fee payable to instructor Laura Travis (includes several pieces of stone, sandpapers, and access to finishing tools.) Prepayment is necessary. IF you want to purchase your own chisel so you can keep carving at home, we will need to know by Sept. 15 to pre-order them. The additional cost would be $22 so let us know and add that to the $15 materials fee already being paid. For more information, visit the instructor's site,

Relief carving is a satisfying and useful skill which has numerous applications for gardens, landscaping, and creative expression. The saga of The Celt and The Stone is as old as time. If you have seen a photo of the High Crosses in Ireland and Scotland, or British well-shrine covers, you've seen Celtic relief carving in stone. In this 12-hour introductory-level course, students will use manageable scraps of limestone and carve them with an initial, a knot, or an animal motif - bring your own idea or utilize teacher references - and in the process learn something of one of the signature arts of the Celts. Included will be plenty of stone lore, tips for scrounging up materials and tools for practically nothing, and information about techniques including polishing and finishing.

Laura Travis has been carving for almost 30 years, bringing her knowledge and love of Irish and Celtic traditions firmly into her work in stone. As an artist, Laura walks between the worlds of fine and folk art, utilizing traditional iconography in some very contemporary contexts. Travis has shown her work in Providence, Maryland, Toronto, Worcester and New Bedford. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and maintains her studio just a stone's throw from the ocean in Rhode Island. 

So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold this class (AND so we can order tools and materials), BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT!

So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.
If you are interested in the stone carving class, please:
1. E-mail to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre for $125 and to Laura Travis for $15 in the mail (or $37 if also buying the chisel) ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864