Martin and Oliver Webb Fine Stone Miniatures. Museum quality handmade miniatures of stone carvings for the collector and connoisseur.
No. 85

The Cathedral Builders
A stonemason's photograph album
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This photograph is of a brand new baluster standing proudly beside its creator, in this case a fine craftsman called Richard Littlar.
And here is the completed restored balustrade. Much of the original stonework was reused, though most of the balusters were renewed. The dubious looking character sitting on top is one Oliver Webb on his last day on site.
This shot shows a selection of tools from my tool box. Across the front are an array of tungsten tipped chisels, the ones on the right having "mallet heads". Behind are a couple of mason's mallets, the lighter beech headed one is actually not much good (too fluffy) but the heavier polyester one is my old faithful. The blocks on the right are carborundum rubbing blocks.
A typical bankershop scene. In this instance Chris James (left) and Hugo Schofield (right) are dressing a hard English polishing limestone for a fountain surround.
A cornice stone worked by Oliver Webb. The stone is lying on its back, its base (bottom bed) being on the left. As this particular piece will be very front heavy and topple forward, it will require bronze dog cramps and joggled joints to secure it in the building. The stone here is Wattscliff Lilac, a sandstone from Derbyshire (an area renown for its limestone!).
This atmospheric picture was taken very late one night as we worked lickety split round the clock to complete the restoration of Hereford War Memorial in time for a ceremony. The banker shop is in front, the saw shop to the left. I seem to recall that some kind soul brought us a takeaway meal around 11.30pm which sustained us through to the morning.
The view of a church spire most people don't get to see. Like many stone spires this one is hollow to the very top. In the bottom right of the picture is part of one of the bell frames upon which I am standing. The wind boomed in the hollow structure like a thunderous musical instrument.

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