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Ben Russell

When I left school I had no idea what to do with my life other than it needed to involve making things with my hands. I grew up on the Jurassic coast in Dorset meaning I was always strolling on stony beaches and surrounded by nature. I was fascinated by the rolling hills, jutting cliffs and especially the stone strewn across the beaches thinking if only I knew how to carve it…. This fascination with stone as a material led me to enrol on a course at Weymouth College.

At Weymouth I took a degree course in Applied Architectural Stonework and Conservation. On the course I got to grips with the skills involved in masonry, carving, letter cutting, geology, geometry and conservation of stonework. Having gained a good all round knowledge of how to work with and care for stone I knew that my real passion was to carve.

I decided to sign up for the Historic Carving course at City and Guilds of London Art School. Here I learnt to carve all aspects of architectural and figurative stonework as well as clay modelling, drawing and more in depth letter cutting techniques.

Having passed both courses with flying colours and picking up a few awards along the way including the Duke of Gloucester Award for carving and numerous prizes from the Masons Trust, I decided to set up shop in London and have been here ever since. I have produced work for places such as The Houses of Parliament, The Albert memorial and County Hall along with numerous other important monuments, and buildings throughout London. Please visit my website to see what I do and what services I can offer.

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