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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Towering Perspectives

Here are some views taken from atop St. Clement's Church tower where our lodge is based. 

A view of the nave roof with 'weeping' chancel slightly offset.

A view of our Guild Garden. By summer this will be brimming with blossom and blooms. 

Fye Bridge spanning the River Wensum. 

Looking northwards along historic Magdalen Street, this is the area where the Norwich started during the mid-Anglo-Saxon period (the 'north wick' - 'wick' meaning 'port' or trading 'place').

Keeping our focus on Norwich Over the Water we get a great view of the Octagon Chapel, built for the Unitarian's during the Eighteenth century (our apprentices are currently doing restoration work on their steps incidently). 

Again, on the north side of the city, a view of the River Wensum, near where the original Anglo-Saxon port once operated. 

Finally, the highest surviving Norman Cathedral tower in Britain. 

Visitor Update

We welcomed a visit by Clive Lewis, our member of parliament, to our lodge last Friday. We are pleased that he found it be time well spent:

Friday, 18 March 2016

York Minster: building links between guilds

Last week I was warmly welcomed by the Master and Clerk of the York Guild of Building. I also had the pleasure of meeting with York Minster's Master Mason. We had a very positive discussion about ways we might forge links and work together in the future. Following this, I was taken on a tour of the stoneyard and the Minster. We very much look forward to welcoming guild members to our lodge in Norwich. 

Clerk, Guild of St. Stephen & St. George

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Carve Your Heart Out! Workshops - Christmas Offer £75 per day!

Christmas is nearly here and if you've been head-scratching as to what to buy someone special in your life, why not purchase one of our carving workshops. Yes, they'll produce a piece of carving to take away, but they are also getting a unique experience... 

It isn't every day that you get the opportunity to carve under the guidance of a world class craftsman within a working stonemason's lodge. We are reducing our usual price of £80 per person to just £75.00 for a full day for bookings before Christmas 2017, with the assistance of our Master Mason - one of only twelve international Guild Masters in the world - you can produce something like the piece, pictured above, to take away.

* Our workshops take place on a mutually arranged date at weekends.

* We encourage participants to start at 9am in order to get a full day, finishing by 4:00pm at the latest. However, if you need more time to complete it you are welcome to come back on another day at no extra cost to complete it.

* The finished piece belongs to the carver and can be taken home (stone and tools are included in the price). 

* The typical thing most people carve is a ball flower (see image, above).

Do note that the voucher (see example, below) is valid a year from purchase, so if you would prefer to wait until, say, late spring/summer that is fine by us. 

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you wish to have any further information via HERE


Payment can be made by any of the following means: 

i) Bank transfer to:

'Gildencraft Stone Masonry'
Sort code: 16-26-30
Acc number: 11130667

ii) Paypal payment to:

Gildencraft Workshop payment

iii) Cheque made payable to:
'Gildencraft Stone Masonry'

Postal address:
Clerk's Office
The Stonemason's Lodge
St Clement's Church

Our latest customer feedback:
"When I woke up after what was the coldest night of the year so far, I doubted my sanity in booking myself onto a course in a church in the middle of January.  And I'd be lying if I said it wasn't cold.  But the experience of working with the stone and being taught by the master simply blotted the temperature out.

I started out working on straight lines on a stone and was so consumed by it that I had no idea of the time passing.  The real apprentices stopped by and shared their experiences.  And the information the master imparted throughout the day was simply fascinating. Stone masonry is linked to all aspects of life.  And the master's tales are many and varied.

After an hot coffee and break in the King of Hearts I continued with my straight lines.  This may sound boring but believe you me, it was anything but.  I carved straight line after straight line and I could see the improvement as the lines progressed.  And that's what makes the difference.  Ok I may not have the skill of the apprentices nor indeed the master but I left St Clements church with a greater degree of proficiency than when I arrived.

During lunch I took the opportunity to have a good look around St Clements and all it holds.  The displays are comprehensive and include stones, tools and drawings but that short list doesn't do justice to the work that has gone into them.  I encourage everyone to visit the church and chat with the folks you'll meet.

In the afternoon the master helped me to branch out into curves and by the time it was getting dark I had completed my first capital letter O.  I couldn't be more proud.  Although the present I got was for a day at St Clements the day isn't over until you complete your 'piece'.  And I've just booked my next stab at it.  I'm 58 so a 7 year apprenticeship isn't really practical for me.  But oh how I envy them who work with the master regularly as they progress towards their master pieces.  And in my own way, I'm delighted I got out of bed on that cold morning in January.

Thanks are  due to all who made it possible."

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Change of Blog Address

Please note: as part of our recent change from Stonemasons' Training Partnership to Gildencraft Stone Masonry C.I.C., we are no longer maintaining the previous URL for the blog. Our new address is:

We can still be found via Google. Please do update your favourites.