What Does a Stonemason Do?

As the name suggests, a stonemason is a person who works with stone.

“Stonemasons cut and shape hard and soft stone blocks and masonry slabs for the construction and renovation of stone structures and monumental masonry (stonework for cemeteries).”

According to Wikipedia, stonemasonry is one of the oldest trades in human history and it is still alive and well today. In fact, stonemasons are in such high demand there are shortages in many areas of the country.

Stonemasonry Tasks

Stonemasons cut, saw and shape stone to build a variety of structures including:

  • Retaining Walls
  • Stairways
  • Feature Walls
  • Fireplaces
  • Chimneys
  • Barbeques

Stonemasons can also enlarge rooms by taking out stone walls and underpinning stone foundations.

what does a stonemason do

Stonemason Education & Training

Stonemasons must complete an Apprenticeship in Stonemasonry. It takes three and half years working full time to meet the requirements. Part-time takes much longer. Other skills and strengths you will need include:

  • Comfortable working at heights
  • Physical strength
  • Manual dexterity
  • Self-motivated
  • Technical drawing and computer skills are an advantage

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