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Callum Cocks unveiling the stone seat for Ralph Allen Mine Project

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Historic stone wall restored and made into bench in Combe Down

 
A Bath College Stonemasonry student has been restoring part of a historic wall as part of the Ralph Allen stone mine project by the Museum of Bath Stone, B&NES Council and the UNESCO World Heritage Enhancement Fund.

 

The shaft wall, where Combe Down freestone used to be hauled out, has been turned into a seat, which has been supported by many locals who have crowd-funded the project and came out to see the finished result.
 
Callum working on the stoneCallum Cocks, Stonemasonry student at Bath College, said: “I’ve been working on the lettering on the coping stone that sits on top of the remaining wall.
 
“The things I most enjoyed about this project were working the stone and seeing the remarkable result of how it looked when it was finished.”
 
The stone reads: “Rebuilt in 2018 site of access shaft to Ralph Allen stone minesthe stone that built Bath”.
 
Callum’s tutor, Joe Leber, Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College said: “Callum came to the college in 2017 age 16, he has been a pleasure to teach, improving his skills year on year.
 
“Last academic year he achieved his level 2 diploma and his NVQ ahead of time and got involved in designing and building a garden for the special educational needs centre.
 
“He also set out and produced the lettering for the Ralph Allen stone mine project with some help from Stephen Shute our technician. He is now working towards his level 3 Stonemasonry diploma and his NVQ level 3 here at Bath College.
 
“We are all very proud of Calum and are expecting him to achieve more stretch and challenge tasks at the college after completing his diploma with us.”
 
For more details about stonemasonry at Bath College, click here.
 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: May 2019

 

Our May Apprentice of the Month is Lewis Jones. Lewis is an Apprentice Stonemason working at Worcester Cathedral, and has been nominated by his assessor Ash.

 

 

Part of Lewis’ work as an Apprentice Stonemason involves him working on the restoration of ancient artefacts, as well as the Cathedral itself; some really exciting work! The Stonemasonry apprenticeships come in two levels at Bath College, Level 2 Intermediate Stonemasonry and Level 3 Advanced Stonemasonry. The level two course provides a practical hands on experience during which you will be learning to prepare for the job, setting out and producing architectural stone work, during which you will work as a Banker/Fixer Mason and produce bespoke work and carve architectural features, cut and shape blocks and lay or fit stonework into place on construction projects. The level three is more advanced and you could either work as a Banker Mason, working in a workshop shaping different components from sawn stone, using templates and drawings as a guide to produce complex stone for new and existing buildings; or as a Fixer Mason, cladding or positioning and fixing stone onto buildings. They are both fantastic stepping stones into the world of Stonemasonry and will help you gain the skills you need to become an accomplished Stonemason.

 

 

Aside from his fantastic work at Worcester Cathedral, Lewis has also secured work at York Cathedral as a part of a knowledge building exercise, looking to expand his skills and help him towards his goal of becoming a Heritage Specialist. Paul Maggs, Lewis’ tutor has told us that Lewis is “diligent, hardworking and has a good eye for detail, already completing his NVQ and on track to finish his diploma early”. Lewis’ assessor Ash has also told us that Lewis is a “real character” with lots of musical interests including Mongolian throat singing and playing the violin and ukelele.

 

It sounds like Lewis has a bright future ahead, and we wish him the best of luck in both his Stonemasonry and his musical hobbies!

 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship you can get more Apprenticeship information by clicking here or you can check out our Apprenticeship Vacancies by clicking here

 

 

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