My grandfather and great grandfather were stone masons who did this sort of work and they taught me the beauty of stone and how to see the shape of the carving required in each piece to make a beautiful and artistic whole.
This is the entrance to the Chapter House near to the south vestibule of Norwich Cathedral. The work and detail involved is repeated on the other side in the cloisters(see workshop post) and they are a work of art in their own right.
The administrative centre of the Benedictine priory, the 12th-century chapter house was rebuilt in the 1290s, then demolished at the Dissolution. The late 13th-century rebuilding created a vestibule between the Cloister and the chapter house proper, and it is the screen of this vestibule that survives today, occupying three bays of the side wall of the eastern walk of the Cloister. There is a workshop post of the other side of these windows and the cloisters.
Banker masons are workshop based, and specialize in carving stones into intricate geometrical shapes required by a building's design. They can produce anything from stones with simple chamfers to tracery windows, detailed mouldings and the more classical architectural building masonry. When working a stone from a sawn block, the mason ensures that the stone is bedded in the right way, so the finished work sits in the building in the same orientation as it was formed on the ground. The basic tools, methods and skills of the banker mason have existed as a trade for thousands of years.
Carvers cross the line from craft to art, and use their artistic ability to carve stone into foliage, figures, animals or abstract designs.
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- Copyright: marion morgan (jester5) (1785)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot SX40HS
- Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-23 3:13