This beautiful bespoke memorial was meticulously shaped by hand to make a fine, smooth pebble stone.
Truly bespoke memorials are few and far between.
This bespoke memorial was made from a piece of roughly hewn Horton stone, and shaped in the workshop by hand. Creating a unique bespoke memorial such as this takes time and patience, a machine could never achieve the perfect smooth finish because the stone is made up of different textures which are reflected in the colour variations. When smoothing down the stone you have to be very aware of the variation in hardness, as if you encounter and soft area and do not adjust the force which you apply, the chisel will go too deep. Likewise, you need to increase the force once you hit a harder area again.
This bespoke memorial is perfectly smooth to the touch and the stone invites you to place a warm hand on it and feel its surface.
Creating bespoke memorials gives us complete freedom in design and we are not limited to standard square shaped cremation stones or upright headstones.
This sort of bespoke memorial would not look out of place in a woodland burial ground or a meadow, with its soft, natural colouring and gently curving surface, it is inviting & “quiet”. The lettering was carved in a perfect ring around the stone, and left natural and unpainted.
Bespoke memorials like these make my job so rewarding, as I know that they cannot be found in the catalogues of monumental masons and it was exactly what the client wanted.
Below are the stages which were involved in creating the stone.
Please follow this link to see my gallery of bespoke memorials.
Fergus created Stoneletters Studio in 2003, after training at the Kindersley Workshop. He is a member of the prestigious Master Carver's Association.