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Portland limestone mining company Albion was the sole representative of British stone at Europe's major international stone exhibition of Marmo+Mac in Verona 25-28 September.

29 September 2019 | Events
The international world of stone once again met in Verona for this year's Marmo+Mac exhibition from 25 to 28 September.British machinery suppliers in Verona supporting the companies whose...
cheese and stone

Find out about using stone in construction while you enjoy cheeses and wines from the same regions as the stone comes from at Arup's offices in Manchester on 16 September.

5 September 2019 | Events
It's all a question of tasteFollowing the success of the first Stone Federation Quarry Forum ‘British Stone & Wine’ evening in collaboration with Arup at its offices in London,...
Ethan Conlon

Ethan Conlon, who represented British stonemasonry at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia.

28 August 2019 | Events
Congratulations to Ethan Conlon, an apprentice with APS Masonry who studies at Bath College, for representing Britain in this year's WorldSkills competition that took place this week (22-27...
lime at the Traditional Building Festival

Will Napier and Fionn Blench will explain the ingredients of traditional plaster and give a practical demonstration of how it should be applied as part of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival 19-22 August.

10 July 2019 | Events
Stone Federation Great Britain is back at the 7th annual Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival 19-22 August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.Sponsored by the Construction Industry Training...

Henrik Størksen from Norway produced this carving from the clay model on top of it that he also fashioned. It will go into a bench in the new Torvet Square due to open in Trondheim next year. Although Henrik is an apprentice, his carving was judged to be the best work overall in the European Stone Festival this year.

26 June 2019 | Events
More than 100 stonemasons and apprentices, including a good showing from the UK, had fun interpreting the theme of 'games' in soapstone at the European Stone Festival this month (21-23 June)....
NAMM Tradex

Ricky Bennett (left) and Stuart Scott, who have developed the Procarve PNC 1010 CNC machine for engraving and putting V-cut inscriptions on to memorials. Ricky came up with the idea and Stuart developed the software. It had its first outing at NAMM Tradex on the MGB Easy Handling stand.

25 June 2019 | Events
With the memorial wholesalers staying away from this year’s NAMM Tradex exhibition in the Warwickshire Event Centre near Leamington Spa in June, expectations of the event from those who did...
Craftex winner

This memorial on green Cumbrian slate by David Tedman was judged the best entry in the Craftex competition of masons' work. It was also judged the best lettering.

24 June 2019 | Events
Sally Clarke of Odlings MCR, which supplies machinery and equipment to memorial masons, cracked open the Champagne as NAMM Tradex exhibition came to an end on Friday (21 June). She had a bag full of...

CED Managing Director Giles Heap with the designers of the Family Monsters Garden at Chelsea when they visited one of CED's depots to choose the stone for their garden.

22 May 2019 | Events
There is plenty of natural stone in the show gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show these days and when the show opened at Chelsea Hospital on 21 May this year quite a...
The Blast Shop

The Blast Shop will be back at NAMM Tradex 20-21 June, Warwickshire Events Centre, offering you a chance to test your strength and win a new gritblast system.

21 May 2019 | Events
The new British Standard for memorials, BS 8415, requires rigid fixing systems to withstand a hortizontal force of 150kg for a minute. To demonstrate just how difficult it is to produce a force of...

Irish company McMonagle at the Natural Stone Show in London.

4 May 2019 | Events
“Definitely the most successful Natural Stone Show I have ever been involved with during my 11 years in the stone trade.”That was the message posted on LinkedIn by James Price, of new...
Masons Company

This is the Masons' Livery Company coat of arms. The Company is collecting masons' marks on its stand (A20) at the Natural Stone Show.

24 April 2019 | Events
The Masons’ Livery Company (the Worshipful Company of Masons, to give it its official title) is once again at the Natural Stone Show in London at ExCeL from 30 April to 2 May, where it will be...
Slab Centre

Carlos Zanarotti at his Slab Centre yard in Harefield, London, is looking for specialist stone sawers and fixers he can suggest to developers and architects for their projects and hopes to sign some up at the Natural Stone Show in London 30 April-2 May.

24 April 2019 | Events
Slab Centre is looking for specialist stone contractors who can saw and fix and who it can recommend to clients who buy its stone.Carlos Zanarotti, who introduced Slab Centre at the previous Natural...
Welsh Slate

The new Welsh Slate / SFS UK facade system being previewed at the Natural Stone Show in London.

24 April 2019 | Events
Welsh Slate has partnered with SFS UK, a market-leading fastening systems manufacturer, to create a new natural slate facade system it is previewing at the Natural Stone Show in London at ExCeL 30...
Pietre Santafiora

Stone from Italy is the preferred choice for many projects around the world. The stone here is from Pietre Santafiora.

23 April 2019 | Events
For more than 40 years, the Italian company Pietre Santafiora has been extracting and processing natural stones from its quarries in Tuscany. Its stones are widely used in major construction...
Donegal quartz paving

Donegal quartzite paving from McMonagle Stone.

23 April 2019 | Events
McMonagle Stone prides itself on being the sole producer and exporter of the much-acclaimed Donegal Quartzite and Mountcharles Sandstone, both riven from the rugged landscape adjacent to Ireland...