Stonemasonry is an amazing craft. this planet is made from stone. There exists a bunch of hardy souls who devote their working lives to understand how best to exploit and create with what is available to them. The process of turning the earth’s bounty into something so beautiful is an endless and fascinating quest, part of which we call Stonemasonry.
The knowledge and skillsets surrounding stonemasonry are a lifelong pursuit, and reveal themselves only with hard work and perseverance. As there is no one source of knowledge, stonemasons must learn their craft in a multitude of ways.
Exposing ourselves to as many different types of geology as possible. Stone tends to accumulate in certain areas and as a result stonemasons need to be prepared to travel to expose themselves to different types of stone. Along with these stone types come the corresponding and associated styles. It is best described as a physical and technical language that morphs with the corresponding Geology.
Exposure is one thing, but the technical skillsets aligned with each stone type is another. This is the real challenge for the mason. Acquiring these skillsets takes place one of two ways. This is either by trial and error, or by knowledge sharing. almost everything in stonemasonry has already been done and perfected throughout the ages, so our task is to re-learn and re-acquire this knowledge. A good mason will be surrounded by individuals who collectively have acquired as much of this lost knowledge as possible.
i would only like to continue to learn the craft. One must accept to work outside there comfort zones in order to grow. Drawing on existing skills and knowledge to solve problems, constantly pushing outwards to acquire new skills. There are always new techniques to learn and this provides much of the stimulation and vitality within. This knowledge once acquired is enthusiastically shared within the group of stonemason.