Ball Finials

What is a Ball Finial? Ball finials. They’re everywhere. Usually on gate piers – but a masonry feature that provides a function – as they all do – of compression or weight being applied to a wall or pier to stabilise the structure. Over time, these functional features were increasingly decorated and became the crocketted spires […]

Posted in April 2017

Smaller bay window on an Edwardian semi

Another day another bay…sorry. Nice job this, and just round the corner from me in Kingston upon Thames/  Surbiton. Replace a UPVC double glazed window with what was there originally. I took the measurements from the neighbour’s house and had to take out the rather nasty PVC window (below), while retaining the roof. Fortunately the roof […]

Posted in September 2016

Large Bay window on a small house.

I seem to be the go-to man in Southwest London for bay windows. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not complaining. Bay windows encompass all aspects of masonry – measuring, setting out, template making, banker-work, carving and fixing. I really enjoy them, and having a low-boredom threshold they don’t take forever either 😉 I’ve done 2 […]

Posted in September 2016

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Testimonials

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