Most masonry work will either be part of a new-build project or be produced for the restoration of historical buildings.
In either new-build or heritage work; the craft of the Mason may be viewed as a three part process
“Design” or in the case of heritage work; “taking details & setting-out” is the preliminary and in many ways the most important stage. Badly weathered stonework often requires careful study and observation as well as a background knowledge in order to correctly interpret the original geometry.
“Banker work” is the crafting of the masonry elements and takes its name from the masons’ “banker” or workbench. It is usually carried out within the workshop and its exacting nature calls a high level of tool skills.
“Fixing” is the installation of the masonry. A careful and meticulous method of work is crucial at this stage. Additionally, an understanding of the structural behaviour of masonry buildings is also often needed before the decayed stone can be safely replaced.
Ross’s experience allows him to undertake restoration masonry as well as bespoke commissions and new-build projects. Any complexity of task is performed; from simple rubble walling through to producing advanced geometric designs. All masonry work is carried out to the highest degree of accuracy using a range of traditional hand tools and techniques.
Replacement Blind-Tracery at Winchester Cathedral
Part of a Fire Surround being produced for a New-build project
Over the past fifteen years Ross has gathered a wealth of expertise and knowledge, working and training within the field of Building Conservation and with particular emphasis in the conservation of masonry buildings.
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