Traditional masonry replacement is treated as part of the conservation process. Only stonework that is structurally unsound is replaced and a qualified engineering approach is implemented. This is based on a sound familiarity of masonry profiles and a knowledge of historic constructional methods. An appreciation of geology underwrites an awareness of the need for compatibility in materials.
Stonemasonry skills offered:
- Setting out including preparation of full-scale drawings and templates, so that new masonry matches the surrounding original area.
- Banker masonry: stones are worked by hand in the traditional manner to the exact profile of the template.
- Fixing masonry: once the stones have been prepared on the banker, they are fixed into the building with appropriate engineering consideration, employing correct materials and process, such as grouting and pointing to ensure structural stability for the future.
Fine stone carving worked freehand from original works, copy drawing specification or new designs can be faithfully provided. New commissions may be the result of dialogue with the client.
Our stone carvers offer:
- New commissions: fine carving and sculpture carried out in stone to the client's design.
- Copy carving: faithful copies or interpreted restored copy carvings worked where original work is failing.
- Portraits: likenesses can be undertaken and are worked from study drawings.
Written reports and proposals can be provided before work commences, together with a comprehensive specification. All tradespersons are time-served and possess a high level of craft proficiency.
All our personnel are fully trained and apply an awareness of conservation ethical thinking to the work as well as being fully conversant with health and safety requirements.