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Orton Trust

Under new Manager Peter May, Orton Trust is spreading its wings and trying to attract students from outside the industry. If you are a stonemason looking to advance your skills, perhaps in carving or lettering, or a novice interested in learning the basics, the weekend (actually Friday to Sunday) courses of Orton Trust have a lot to offer. Visit

British stones

See the stones of the British Isles laid out in easy-to-view pages in the Natural Stone Directory.

cutting quartz

In Australia, a stonemason is suing 10 engineered quartz distributors for diseases he says he has contracted from dry cutting quartz for worktops, which is what is happening in the picture above taken in a workshop in England. The man cutting the quartz is not wearing a mask and is working away from the water wall so the dust is going into the factory where other people were working.

A stonemason in Australia is suing 10 distributors of engineered stone. He says working the high silica content materials has left him debilited with disease.

Welsh Slate

Welsh Slate teaches business sense to local school children. The photo shows year seven pupils with (left to right) Dylan Davies, deputy headteacher; Rhian Lloyd-Thomas, area manager, Careers Wales; Alun Llwyd, headteacher; Chris Allwood, Welsh Slate MD; John Edwards, business engagement adviser, Careers Wales; Dr Dafydd Roberts, Governor.

9 August 2017 | Company News

Welsh Slate has teamed up with its local secondary school to pioneer a Business Class programme.

Italian Stone Theatre

The pictures here are from Italian Stone Theatre at the stone exhibition in Verona last year. This year the focus is on red marble and red wine.

3 August 2017 | Events

The Marmo+Mac stone show in Verona will once again this year (27-30 September) be home to Italian...

Pisani Feltham

Pisani stock at Feltham, London, is for sale.

1 August 2017 | Market Intelligence

The stock at Pisani's Feltham warehouse near Heathrow airport is being sold by the Administrators appointed by the company on 8 June.


Sean Jenkins, who has joined London stone wholesaler Stone World at Park Royal.

1 August 2017

Montresor, the edge polisher company, has joined Intermac and Donatoni in the Biesse Group. Intermac now offers its CNC workcentres and waterjets, Donatoni bridge saws and Montresor edge polishers from its UK headquarters in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

1 August 2017
Scottish Parliamen

Fyfe Glenrock, which supplied the local Kemnay granite cladding, South African Belfast Black granite features and flooring for the Scottish Parliamentary building, has been bought by Leiths.

27 July 2017
John Green and Antonia Hockton

John Green teaching at the Orton Trust in the early 1990s. His student is Antonia Hockton, now a celebrated sculptor in her own right.

27 July 2017

The ceremony on 24 July commemorating the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Menin Gate.

Photo Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

25 July 2017

America introduces RCS dust exposure levels half those of the UK.

25 July 2017
Welsh Slate

Rose House gets its new Cwt-y-Bugail slate roof from Welsh Slate after its 6m move.

25 July 2017
West Court

Detail of the Stamford Stone limestone at the new West Court building at Jesus College, Cambridge.

25 July 2017