MASONRYWhat is Masonry?
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This may seem an odd question, but as the term means different things to different people, it does need clarifying. According to the dictionary, its meaning and application is actually somewhat broad:
- The building of structures from individual units of stone (e.g. limestone, sandstone, marble, granite etc.), brick, or concrete laid in and bonded together by mortar. The term can also refer to the units themselves.
- Work done using stone, brick, or concrete: work done by a mason.
So, in its true sense, it encompasses everything we do – even, it could be argued, cleaning. But in common speech, a mason is generally shorthand for stonemason and a stonemason is generally thought of as someone who carves stone. Of course, the addition of stone is unnecessary – you can’t be a woodmason or metalmason. This more precise definition is so prevalent that were we to describe ourselves simply as masons, many would think we only carve stone. If this is the first page you have visited, we do a lot more and if you have already explored the site, you will have seen the extent of our work. But either way, yes, we do undertake stone carving…
The most commonly seen form of stone detailing is found on and in buildings from the Georgians to the present day and especially, but by no means exclusively, those reflecting a classical – Greek or Roman – style. So, we are talking about Doric, Ionic and Corinthian capitols; architraves, friezes and cornices (or a complete entablature); statuary, ornamental fire surrounds etc.
But even here, looks can be deceptive and much of this detailing may not be carved stone, but moulded stucco. We cover stucco HERE. This page simply serves to say that if your building does have carved stone (limestone, sandstone, granite, marble…), our Team includes expert carvers who can both restore existing work and produce new commissions.oth restore existing work and produce new commissions.
In short, and to avoid potential confusion, we prefer to avoid the the terms mason and masonry – though our expertise covers everything included within them.