Stonemason

Summary

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).

Duties & Tasks

Stonemasons may perform the following tasks:

  • cut and shape stone using machine or hand tools, taking into account the characteristics of the stone being used
  • cut and polish granite and marble for use in construction, such as for kitchen bench tops and bathroom vanity units
  • design, cut and carve monumental masonry, such as memorial tablets and bases for statues, using templates for detailed work and a variety of chisels, punches and hammers, depending on the type of stone being used
  • cut lettering into stonework by marking out the letters and then cutting or chiselling them with hand-held tools or sandblasting equipment
  • construct walls using stone slabs and large masonry slab blocks
  • lay stone paving
  • lay granite or marble floor tiles
  • fix stone facades to buildings
  • repair and replace stonework on old buildings, churches and monuments.

Working Conditions

Stonemasons often work in a noisy environment.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to work at heights
  • able to work with your hands
  • self-motivated
  • aptitude for technical drawing and working with computers is an advantage.

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