For the past 2 years, Andrew Smith has been training as a stonemason at Weymouth College – based in the Dorset Skills Centre at Poundbury in Dorchester.
Andrew demonstrates regularly at the Museum, usually at weekends, and started work on his Museum logo piece at the beginning of the year.
He has spent over 100 hours working the stone over several weekends at the Museum, based in Court Barn. Andrew’s work here at the Museum is supported by the Worshipful Company of Masons.
The raised lettering and motif are set on a sparrow-pecked background. The stone is Portland limestone, which was originally cut, but rejected, for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who then offered it to Weymouth College.
This attractive stone logo now sits in our garden beside Longport Farmhouse.
Having moved from Ipswich in Suffolk, where he originally trained as a schoolteacher, Andrew worked for Corbel Conservation on Moule House, a Georgian town house in Dorchester, last year.
He is now employed as a banker mason for Lovells Stone Group in Langton Matravers in the Purbeck region of South East Dorset. Andrew’s particular interest in stone carving led him to participate in the recent European Stone Carving Festival in Strasbourg.
The Museum runs several stone carving day courses throughout the year. 2016 course dates will be announced in November – please visit our courses pages for details.