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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We were delighted with the craftsmanship, attention to detail and value of the service and work we received from you and and your colleagues.  The quote was accurate and you held to it, and the finished stonework looks lovely as well as being a secure investment for the future resilience of the porch and roof areas.  We shall certainly be looking to you in future years for further projects.  Not only was the crafstmanship and costing very good, we found your team to be pleasant, polite, clean and tidy and always alert to issues affecting the congregation and willing to adapt accordingly.
The Rev Dr Gordon Giles, St Mary Magdalene, Enfield