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The Dorset Stone Carver was founded by stone carver and sculptor Ben Russell.

Having originally trained in Applied Architectural Stonework and Conservation at Weymouth College in Dorset, Ben went on to continue his training undertaking a course specialising in Historic/Architectural Stone Carving at the City and Guilds of London Art School. Over the following years he was lucky enough to work upon buildings, monuments and locations such as Highgate Cemetery, Kew Palace, The Tower of London, The National Portrait Gallery, The Albert Memorial and The Houses of Parliament to name a few. Commissions during this period included a grotesque for St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle, two large relief carvings for County Hall London and a commemorative plaque for Goodenough College unveiled by The Queen. He received a number of awards whilst training and received a Duke of Gloucester for his carving work within the industry in 2013.

Scroll through the gallery below for examples of Bens carving work.

Ben and Bert
In 2017 Ben returned to his home county of Dorset where he now divides his time between his own nature inspired sculpture and teaching traditional carving skills.

Bens has nearly twenty years combined training, site experience within the heritage sector and experience working as a professional artist so we feel the knowledge you will gain on one of our courses is second to none.
Ben adjusts his teaching style to help each student get the most out of their time here in a calm and patient manner. 

Visit to see Ben's own sculptural work.

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