An architectural stonemason generally works in the commercial sector, cutting to shape all natural stones (granite, limestone, sandstone and marble) by hand or with Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines. There is a direct relationship between the nature and quality of the product required and the payment made by the customer. Therefore the stonemason has a continuing responsibility to work professionally in order to meet the requirements of the customer and thus maintain and grow the business.
The architectural stonemason works on heritage sites and in workshops. The work will range from basic places of worship to massive Gothic cathedrals, from simple but significant buildings to the grand architectural and secular commercial and municipal buildings that define a countrys heritage. He or she will produce stonemasonry components, and undertake letter cutting and carving. Work organization and self-management, communication and interpersonal skills, problem solving, innovation and creativity, working safely and accurately are the universal attributes of the outstanding architectural stonemason.
Whether the architectural stonemason is working alone or in a team the individual takes on a high level of personal responsibility and autonomy. Mistakes are irreversible and very costly. Every part in the process, from working safely through to exceptional precision, accuracy and attention to detail, is important. Restoring, conserving, renovating and maintaining cultural and architectural heritage is highly valued for structures that are locally, regionally, nationally and internationally significant.
For the talented architectural stonemason there are many commercial and international opportunities; however, these carry with them the need to understand and work with diverse cultures and trends. The diversity of skills associated with architectural stonemasonry is therefore like to expand.