Installation of a new memorial in Buckinghamshire, within a family mausoleum that we designed several years ago. A robust granite was selected for this massively heavy new ledger stone. We previously carved elephant heads (featured in the family's crest) on Portland stone entrance pillars and reflective quotation texts around the walled area, which have now weathered, naturally enhancing the carving.
Whilst installing a new memorial in an Oxfordshire Churchyard, we were able to take a look at this headstone we carved several years ago. It's a good example of how the natural weathering process on limestone can enhance the carving and look beautiful in natural surroundings. Spot the yaffle in the beech tree.
Alec has just completed this beautiful memorial headstone. He carved the lettering by hand into a large slab of Hornton stone - a gorgeous mottled blue green grey coloured stone quarried near Banbury. The cross and initials were gilded with 22ct gold leaf and a small salamander was carved creeping up the side of the stone, chosen as a specially significant symbol for the family.
On the day that Alec installed the headstone in the Churchyard, he found a small live salamander creature as he prepared the ground.
A beautiful new memorial by Alec for a Churchyard in Berkshire.
Individually designed, sculpted shape with both incised and raised letters, hand carved Portland Stone.