Stonemasons prepare, cut, trim and fix stone and blocks for a variety of purposes including the repair and maintenance of historic buildings and monuments; the production of architectural features such as window frames, lintels, archways and ornamental garden pieces; cladding for new-build construction projects; and the creation of memorial headstones for the funeral sector. Stonemasons work with a range of materials such as sandstone, slate, marble and granite.
There are two main roles:
Stonemasons normally work a 39-hour week. Overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines.
Banker masons are based mainly in workshops, which can be noisy and dusty, requiring the wearing of protective masks, ear defenders and goggles. Fixer masons work outdoors in all weathers on building sites, often at heights on scaffolding. The work can be physically demanding, lifting and carrying heavy materials and equipment.
Some travel, possibly with long or short stays away from home is involved, so a driving licence is useful.
To be a stonemason you should:
Masons are employed by stonemasonry and construction companies. If working for a small firm, a mason would be expected to cover both banker and fixing duties. Some masons are self-employed, sub-contracting their services to larger building firms.
It may be possible for stonemasons to progress to supervisory or construction management roles.
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