Traditional Masonry is the art of “creating buildings, structures, and sculptures using stone from the earth”. At PMJ Masonry, this is the foundation of what we do, a traditional craft that our stonemasons have mastered over years of practise.
Within PMJ Masonry, we have a group of skilled professionals who are experts in traditional masonry projects, they are our ‘Banker Masons’.
Banker Masons are skilful with tools that are used to shape different components. Some designs can only be made by our Banker Masons due to their intricate features that must accurately reproduce the shape and form of the original idea or conform to a new concept. Using templates and drawings produced by our design department as a guide, these are created from sawn blocks of stone delivered from quarries around the world. Our Banker Masons, unlike others, work on site so that designs can be tried and tested ‘in reality’ to achieve the optimum results before completion of the project. Furthermore, the need for extra transport of the Natural Stone from workshop to site is not required, streamlining the installation process, lowering costs and time.
Stone Carving is an ancient process where pieces of rough Natural Stone are shaped by the controlled removal of stone shards. Stone Carving also refers to the activity of stone masons ‘dressing’ stone blocks for use in architecture, building or civil engineering. Marble and Limestone can only be carved and worked by using abrasives and specialist tools. Granite, Basalt and some metamorphic Natural Stones are extremely difficult to carve. Carving these often requires the use of tungsten carbide tipped tools due to there durability.
At PMJ Masonry, our Banker Masons undertake lettering work by traditionally hand-cutting the Natural Stone. We use traditional hand-cut processes because it means we can carry out lettering alterations on site, without having to use large machinery that could be hazardous, removing a health and safety risk. Any type of font or sophisticated designs can be created. Moreover, the use of colour can add a bespoke touch and create a stand-out product that attracts the eyes of everyone who passes by.