Sculpture in stone is one of the master mason's finest arts and most rewarding skills. Seeing the end result of a block of stone being turned into a sculpture brings the stone to life. Sculpture commissions can be wide and varied:
- Animal sculptures
- Coats of arms and heraldic sculptures
- Fine detailing on mantlepieces, fireplaces or porticos
Each and every sculpture will have gone through a number of stages before it is handed over to the commissioning client. Once the design has been approved and shown to the client in the form of a 3D CAD model, or drawing, the chosen block of marble or stone will be cut on Phidias's state-of-the-art machines. This will bring the piece into a recognisable, if not almost complete, state. From here the skills of the stonemason take over. Using hand-tools which the stonemasons of the Ancient World would recognise, the stonemason carves away at the piece, chiselling out the finest of details, until the sculpture is complete. The process is time-consuming, but the results are rewarding.