Stonemasonry is all about the conservation, reparation and restoration of stone buildings, statues and bridges, as well as the construction of new stone structures. Stonemasons have a deep understanding of different types of natural minerals such as limestone and granite.
The type of work can be really varied for stonemasons, however. Often it can mean working on an intricate carving or structure with a hammer and chisel, or it can mean being suspended halfway up a church steeple restoring a stone statue, depending on the type of mason.
There are two main types of stonemasons, however many of the different overlapping disciplines and roles may be varied depending on the stonemason.
A banker mason is traditionally workshop based, following design instructions to carve and shape stone, such as the finishing of stone pieces by dressing (texturing and polishing) which are achieved using hand and power tools.
It’s not all hammer and chisel work, however, as many stonemasonry projects can involve the use of modern power tools to prepare and trim blocks of stone for the cladding of modern buildings. Many workshops include heavy lifting equipment such as a forklift truck, to help move the large blocks of stone and finished pieces.
Being a stonemason doesn’t mean you’re stuck in a dusty workshop all day, however, It also involves a lot of outdoor work and manual labour, often working on historical sites and buildings such as churches and moving large bits of stone around (believe it or not).
Often working on-site, putting prepared stones together and fixing them in place. Fixer masons work from plans to ensure the stonework is level. They lay and bed the stones, fixing them together with mortar, before attaching the final stone facing to walls or metal frames. They may also undertake repair work on existing buildings such as churches, listed buildings, heritage sites and more.
Although there are defined roles in stonemasonry, many smaller, family firms may have masons that specialise in both types of masonry, often with methods handed down over generations. In some cases, a stonemason may also specialise in one or two types of materials, for example, marble or granite specialists.
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