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York Minster

You could own a piece of historic York Minster. Masonry is being auctioned on Wednesday 22 August.

16 August 2018 | Stone Heritage
On Wednesday (22 August) historic masonry from York Minster that has been replaced as part of the restoration work currently in progress will be sold by auction. And for the first time, bids can be...
Dekton in Rio

The celebrated coastal Cap Ferrat building in Rio de Janiero with its new cladding of Dekton Danae.

Cosentino's Dekton has been chosen as the exterior cladding for the renovation of the celebrated Cap Ferrat building in Rio de Janiero. Built in 1976 in the exclusive Avenida Vieira Souto in...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry has been visiting The Hague - and he likes it.

10 August 2018 | Market Intelligence
I have been in The Hague – Den Haag to the locals. The new Supreme Court of the Netherlands there has an interior dominated by marble. Kaan Architecten have used the stone to clad walls and lay...

£400,000 HAVS fine should be a warning to all companies whose employees risk being exposed to vibration injuries.

A company has been fined £400,000 and ordered to pay £39,620.92 costs for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).The judgement came from Cardiff Crown Court this month (8...
BS 8415

Now BSI has said this is how memorial fixing systems should be tested, in a pit 1m x 1m and 1m deep. It is written into the new British Standard 8415.

9 August 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The 2018 version of BS 8415, a specification for memorials in burial grounds and memorial sites, has been published.It has taken longer to produce than had been intended because some of the...
Cork masons

This footpath in Dublin’s famous Glasnevin cemetery uses Kilkenny flamed limestone, Wicklow granite and Castleisland limestone. Masons in Cork say these and other Irish stones should be used across their country.

8 August 2018 | Market Intelligence
Stonemasons in Cork, Ireland, are stepping up their fight against the use of imported stones by photographing and highlighting cases where imported stones have been used instead of local stones...
Mark Priestman

Mark Priestman writes a column about training in Natural Stone Specialist magazine.

2 August 2018 | Training
Today, one of the key pillars of good management and supervision is the need to be able to monitor activity by measurable means. Some things are relatively easy to measure, such as the dimensions of...
stone belts

The building stone belts of the UK.

1 August 2018 | Market Intelligence
Stone Federation Great Britain’s Quarry Forum represents the companies that quarry and mine dimensional stone from the British Isles. Here the Forum talks about issues relating to the selection...
Stevenson Memorials

Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, lays a wreath at Darwen’s new memorial commemorating World War I, built by Stevenson Memorials.

1 August 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Memorial mason Brent Stevenson always said Darwen would have a memorial to commemorate those from the town who served and died in World War I before the centenary of the war was over, even if he had...

Musculoskeletal problems are still a major cause of lost work days.

30 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
The number of days people are taking off for sickness has almost halved since 1993, when records began, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The number of...

David Coster (right), who has represented Dry-Treat in the UK and Ireland for many years, is now a Director of the new UK distribution company, Advanced Stone & Masonry Supplies Ltd.

27 July 2018 | Equipment
A new company has been established to sell Dry-Treat stone treatments in the UK and Ireland.It is called Advanced Stone & Masonry Supplies Ltd, set up in July as a sister company to Mirus...
Billy Lillywhite

Billy Lillywhite, whose memory lives on in a fund to help others. If you would like to contribute to the fund, go to

26 July 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Following the untimely death of stonemason and carver Mark 'Billy' Lillywhite at the age of 52, and a moving service in North Dorset at which he was fondly remembered by relatives, friends...
DektonJohn Campbell in kitchen

John Campbell, the Michelin Star chef and owner of The Woodspeen, in his kitchens with their Dekton worktops.

John Campbell, the Michelin Star chef who owns The Woodspeen restaurant and cookery school in Berkshire, has chosen Dekton's latest industrial chic and white surfaces for the refurbishment of his...

In the new NPPF the Government tells planners to recognise the need for minerals and the often small-scale production of building and roofing stone.

25 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has welcomed the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published on 24 July. They say it recognises that a sufficient supply of minerals is...

See 70 top stoneworkers in action at York Minster Stone Carving Festival 17-19 August.

25 July 2018 | Events
There will be 70 or so stonemason carvers from across the UK and Europe showcasing their skills in Dean's Park at York Minster during a weekend-long celebration of stonecraft, 17-19 August. ...