Nowadays with tons of 'modern' and 'trendy' jobs floating around, tradition is often forgotten. Stonemasonry as a craft and skill has been around ever since humans started to use tools. Just take a look at any historical building. To give you an example, if you look at St Paul's Cathedral, those sculptures that you see on the walls were the work of stonemasons. The stonemason's work can last for generations, even centuries. Other notable works includes Stonehenge, the Parthenon in Greece, not to mention the wondrous Pyramids of Egypt. If you enjoy being practical and creative, then stonemasonry may be the right role for you. To find out more about this highly rewarding career, then please read on.
The History of Stonemasonry - When Did It All Start?Stonemasonry has been around for more than a thousand years, and it is still evolving. Early humans were experimenting with different kinds of stones for a variety of purposes. Mainly for survival. You can imagine these early human settlers making tools and weapons for building shelter and for hunting. But now, stonemasonry is now used to make architectural masterpieces, even more magnificent. While working with stone may sound simple, a highly experienced stonemason will show you that there is more to it. There are so many factors to keep in mind. A stonemason needs to know which stones will be suitable for the job. Each type of stone will have different physical properties. For example, limestone dissolves in rainwater (which is slightly acidic) and won't be suitable for outdoor buildings.
Types of Stonemasonry - Learning the CraftMany people are not fully aware of the different disciplines in stonemasonry. And the roles to keep in mind are the following three:
- Fixer Masons - Fixer masons are highly skilled professionals who work with blueprints. Fixers also replace and recover existing frameworks built with stone. As a general expectation, fixer masons are expected to be prepared to work with heavy objects in dangerous, often hostile environments.
- Banker Masons - Banker masons are renowned for their extensive use of powerful workshop equipment, as well as hand based tools. They are often handed very specific briefs from designers from various backgrounds. And they're also required to meet a certain criteria with the final stone product.
- Memorial Masons - As you may have assumed from the name, memorial masons are mainly employed by local authorities such as the government. Typical work includes engraving, carving and memorial work for crematories, funeral service providers and sometimes interior/exterior design services.