The Stonemasonry Company
As a building material, and for decorative and ornamental elements, limestone and marble are the integral part of architectural past. At the Stonemasonry Company we know stone has a future. Promoting its use from the modest Bath stone fireplace in the Cotswolds to sweeping Portland cantilever staircase in London, the Stone Masonry Company is passionate about having at its heart this strong, sustainable natural product; a part of the architectural landscape.
From the deep quarry of Bath or the open air Cava of Italy we are tireless in our search for the most suitable material for each project. Stone will always be the common denominator to any architectural language. We enjoy helping our clients discover the natural beauty of limestone compared to reconstituted stone or man made stone and even more concrete !
We relentlessly work so that stone embellishes our surroundings.
For us a line of Rimbaud poem “ Invitation au Voyage” is the best description of the qualities of stone:
“Order and beauty, luxury, peace, and pleasure.”
At the Stonemasonry Company we do not see stone masonry as a trade, a craft but as a culture.
The passion, the dynamism is very much part of the glue that binds us all together. All men of the stone, we have developed other specialiiies, Alex oversees workshop management and quality control; Paul controls all financial matters and operation management; with Nico, Alex and Eric at the workshop, with their vast knowledge of the stone craft, and Laurent and Adrian's teams are always trying to improve the fixing side of the work.
From the simple stone, we have made great structures and elegant architectural objects.
We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.
Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Although we use modern technology, we still believe in humans as masters of the process. Computers help us draw our designs and engineering plan but they are given life by the hands and tools of the people who carve them, allowing us to combine the knowledge and skills of the past with the modern techniques of the future. Using finite elements with Webb and Yates Structural Engineers we have developed post tension staircases, pre-tension staircases, and reinforced staircases, along the way widening our knowledge in hydraulics and lifting.
Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.