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Architectural Stonemasonry

Working with natural stone, from granite to marble, creating components, carving, and cutting letters on sites from simple commercial buildings to historic structures.

Why is this skill important?

An architectural stonemason generally works in the commercial sector, cutting and carving all types of natural stones either by hand or with machines.

The work of an architectural stonemason ranges from the workshop to heritage site; from basic places of worship to massive Gothic cathedrals; and from simple everyday buildings to significant “landmark” structures that often define a place and represent a country’s history.

Creating, restoring, conserving, renovating and maintaining our heritage and culture through Architectural Stonemasonry has been highly valued by societies around the world from the beginning of time.  Significant structures reflect our past; are designed to shape our future; and often inspire us to travel great distances to experience such structures for learning and pleasure.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Making things
  • Craftsmanship
  • Using tools
  • Being creative
  • Working outdoors

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors must develop and cut out templates that will be used to mark out their designs on the stone.

  • It is important to precisely measure and mark out the angles.

  • The carvings and letters are then cut into the stone.

  • Stone masons must be able show they can work with all kinds of mouldings and surfaces.

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How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.