Notre Dame and the Rise of The Experts

NB.As a disclaimer, I can only talk about the masonry side – the ‘forest’ of oak beams, plaster work, art works etc I have no clue about. On the evening of the fire I got a call from a journalist at BBC News asking for my expert opinion on what to do next. I had […]

Posted in May 2019

Indents

  What’s an indent? In masonry an indent is a repair whereby a damaged piece of stone is cut (out usually square), and a new piece of stone is inserted as tightly as possible into the space. The new stone can be worked beforehand, when inserted or both, so it will blend in as seamlessly as […]

Posted in August 2018

Things to consider before you commission any stonework (Or how to tell a stonemason from the rest)

Are they a stonemason? A simple question. After all, anyone can get business cards printed or paint it on the side of their van. But a stonemason is an ancient trade or craft and while it can take only 2 years to qualify, it takes a lifetime to master. It incorporates carving, sculpture, letter-carving, rubble-walling, […]

Posted in January 2017

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Geraint Davies was commissioned to design and carve a roundel to fill a vacant place above the main entrance porch to Saint James’s Church, Spanish Place. As a listed building of some merit and  one of particular interest in the Catholic history of London this was a sensitive task which Geraint executed with great patience and skill. I was impressed by the amount of time and care taken in preparing both the plans and the material for what has turned out to be a splendid addition to the visual impact of the church. Now that it is lit at night the roundel of the glorified Christ attracts much interest and is becoming a noteworthy (and sympathetic) part of the Marylebone architectural scene.
Father Christopher ColvenMarylebone, London