Stonemasonry is one of the earliest crafts in civilisation’s history. It is an intricate art, with months and even years spent on the same project to turn simple stone into a beautiful and truly unique piece of art.
Stone masonry in Essex
Medusa Stone in Basildon is a family run business, specialising in the design, supply and installation of natural stone work surfaces. With over 200 Granite and Quartz slabs available for customers in the South East to view, purchase and have installed into their home. It’s a growing trend to have granite worktops in the kitchen, as they’re durable, heat resistant and are easy to keep clean.
The craft is used to create buildings, structures and sculptures and involves shaping rough pieces of rock into accurate geometrical shapes and then arranging the stones with mortar to form structures. There are many job roles in the industry, including quarrymen, sawyers, banker masons, carvers, fixer masons and memorial masons.
Stonemasons can earn anything between £15,000 to £35,000 per year, depending on experience and location. The best route into stonemasonry is through a general construction or stonemasonry college course, or an apprenticeship scheme. Those working in the industry are able to follow architectural plans and drawings, have attention to detail, good maths skills for measuring areas exactly and coordination skills for using tools.
21st century stone masonry
Robotic machining has introduced new possibilities into the world of stone masonry, such as being able to machine stone into a wide range of shapes and finishes. The machines are capable of designing, constructing and sculpturing stone
The craft crisis of 2003 is dying out, as people look for new ways to incorporate the traditional art of stone masonry into the 21st century. Stone masonry can be seen in 2017, by the restoration of old stone structures like traditional pizza ovens and decorative outdoor stone features.