A warm welcome to Stoneengravings!
I thought it might be nice if I introduced myself! So many web based businesses try to remain anonymous and remote from their customers, I thought you might like to know who I am.
My Name is Steve Walker and I have been a been a Stone and marble mason for 52 years and a specialist stone engraver for twenty (of those) years. and I am now retired but I am enjoying stone work more than ever!
I started as an apprentice ecclesiastical Marble mason (that’s making headstones to you!) when I was 15 years old, I worked at the Tower of London as a restoration mason, built stone fireplaces (can you remember when a York stone fireplace was the height of fashion?) and spent 22 years making high-end marble and stone fireplaces for the fireplace trade.
For the last twenty years I have specialised in stone engraving, mostly house signs and numbers but also commemorative plaques and stones.
I have , at some time worked on almost every type of natural material: Stone, Granite or Slate.
All of the photographs on our site are real house signs and plaques etc made by us. The photographs were taken by us or sent to us by our terrific customers.
We sent our house signs, house numbers, and commemorative plaques all over the UK and sometimes around the world, so we seldom got to see them in-situ. It was always one of the great pleasures in life to get a photograph of one of our signs or plaques in its final home.
ARTWORK AND HOUSE SIGN MOTIFS:
I have always enjoyed doing my own Artwork and in the years we have built up a huge collection of motif images: Dogs, Cats, Horses and other animals, Sports, Spiritual, Aum and Chinese symbols etc. suitable for our house signs and the collection is still growing! You can see these throughout the website
The engraving process I used was deep blasting, this method cuts the lettering and motif deeply into the stone forming a permanent image.
This website is in one way a history of my working life. Please feel free to browse for ideas and inspiration, you can click on most of the photographs to see more information.
I have always loved working in stone and now I am retired I intend to take the opportunity to pursue some of the aspects of stonework that I was only able to touch upon in my career, hand working stone in the traditional way, carving and hand engraving. If you would like to join me on this journey you can follow my progress and I have no doubt my failures here: STONE CRAFTING BLOG.
Please feel free to CONTACT US if you have any queries about any aspect of stone work. I will do my best to get back to you ASAP.