From Stonehenge to the Taj Mahal, from Easter Island to the Great Pyramids of Egypt, stone masons have been leaving their mark on the world’s landscape since the dawn of civilization. Working with mallets, chisels, hammers and grinders, a stone mason uses heart, mind and muscle to transform a piece of stone into a thing of beauty that will be a joy forever.
In today’s modern world, it can be challenging to create a truly distinctive look in landscaping. Using mass-produced, generic products can leave a home looking bland and dull. Opportunities to collaborate with true artists to add notes of sophistication and style to the home and landscape are few and far between. Whether it’s sculpture for the garden or stone paving for a driveway or path, collaborating with a skilled stonemason allows home-owners to achieve a uniquely personal result.
Just as in ancient times, the art of stone masonry requires years of study and application to perfect, modern apprenticeships typically last four years. A skilled stone mason has an intimate knowledge of materials like limestone, marble, slate and granite and knows how best to work with these materials. The best stonemason will not only have years of extensive training in the field under his tool belt, but expertise and experience in the modern technology of the craft as well.
Whether fitting stones to build a wall, laying stones for a kerb, drive, path or carving a one-of-a-kind sculpture for the garden, working in collaboration with a master at stone masonry means that the result will last for generations, an enduring testament to the style and taste of both the home-owner and the artist.
At S&N Granite each stone mason has extensive knowledge of each material to ensure they understand the technique when working with these natural stones. This allows for stunning pieces to be crafted that will last.