Career Guidance Considering Stone masonry career

Sep 2016
81
Toronto
I really enjoy working out and being active, and how living a lifestyle like this MAKES YOU MORE capable to contribute to society. Has anyone ever/currently in the trades?

Historical restoration as a stone mason is something I've been trying to find more about.
 

Rodger

Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
6,171
US
My great grandfather was a stone mason. From the pictures I have seen, he did fine work, primarily on churches. Restoration of historically significant works/buildings sounds like a great mix of skill and love of history.
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
27,731
Italy, Lago Maggiore
I really enjoy working out and being active, and how living a lifestyle like this MAKES YOU MORE capable to contribute to society. Has anyone ever/currently in the trades?

Historical restoration as a stone mason is something I've been trying to find more about.
I live near of one of the most active and illustrious marble cave around: Candoglia [the Duomo, Cathedral, in Milan had built using the marble coming from here].

But ... I wonder ... are you thinking to the real mason or to the "allegorical" mason?

To be clear: do you want to join Freemasonry or do you want to cut marble to build a cathedral ... joining a "gilda"?
 
Sep 2016
81
Toronto
I live near of one of the most active and illustrious marble cave around: Candoglia [the Duomo, Cathedral, in Milan had built using the marble coming from here].

But ... I wonder ... are you thinking to the real mason or to the "allegorical" mason?

To be clear: do you want to join Freemasonry or do you want to cut marble to build a cathedral ... joining a "gilda"?
To be a REAL mason.
 

Edratman

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Feb 2009
6,847
Eastern PA
There area lot of stone houses near me, but all were built prior to the mid 70's. The reason is that the cost became too high and the stone mason trade pretty much evaporated. I worked with a chap that started working as a apprentice stone mason and the position only lasted a year or so when the demand disappeared.

Today most stone walls on houses are faux panels.

If you wish to become a stone mason you will need to find one and become an apprentice. Finding one might be the hard part.
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
27,731
Italy, Lago Maggiore
Valuable stone, like marble, is still well used around the world. The quarry near my hometown is very active and the mountain is slowly disappearing ...

Arab countries [Arab Emirates, overall] and the United States import huge quantities of Italian marble for construction purpose. Obviously enough, it's about using marble as component of the construction.

On the other side the market of traditional stone houses is not so alive. So I tend to agree with Edratman: there are no more many stonemasons around.
 
Sep 2016
81
Toronto
Actually, the program that I would try and work under would be as a bricklayer and then specialize as a stone mason and work on restoration. I'm from the province of Ontario in Canada where its projected to increase in the demand of restoration in stone masonry.
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
27,731
Italy, Lago Maggiore
Actually, the program that I would try and work under would be as a bricklayer and then specialize as a stone mason and work on restoration. I'm from the province of Ontario in Canada where its projected to increase in the demand of restoration in stone masonry.
Well, would you like to work in Canada or also abroad?

If you are ready to work abroad, consider European countries with a lot of monumental stone constructions needing restoration. As for I know it's a remarkable business here in Italy.

A note: you should not fear height ... are you ready to take part to a restoration of the marbles of the Dome in Milan at 100mt above the streets?

If you are able to do that, I guess you can work in Canada and in some European countries as well.

Anyway, you are thinking to a good choice: a stone mason specialized in stone restoration has got a market. There is a demand for that.
 

Rodger

Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
6,171
US
Actually, the program that I would try and work under would be as a bricklayer and then specialize as a stone mason and work on restoration. I'm from the province of Ontario in Canada where its projected to increase in the demand of restoration in stone masonry.
Good for you. I wish you well. It is a fine profession with a purpose.