West Riding Stone Carving Association celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday (15 March) with an open day attended by, among others, Halifax Mayor Dot Foster, who spoke to many of the carvers who were demonstrating their skills during the open day.
The club was formed by John Swift and Andrew Bramley in response to Calderdale College closing its City & Guild stonemasonry course. It was first one day a week, then two, then three. Now it meets on four days a week and has more than 60 members.
There will be more about the open day and pictures of some of the carvings and the people in the club in the next issue of Natural Stone Specialist magazine. Subscribe here.
Below. The club officers at the open day (left to right): Treasurer Colin Marshall; Secretary and Tutor Helen Jukes; Communications Aid Barry Snarr; Founder and Manager John Swift.