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.
Stonemasons often work in a noisy environment.
- enjoy practical work
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- able to work at heights
- able to work with your hands
- aptitude for technical drawing and working with computers is an advantage.