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European Stone Festival

Alex Wenham (left) and Mark McDonnell receiving the Town and Festival Star Prizes at the end of this year's European Stone Festival in Saverne, France.

5 June 2018 | Events
Sharra Oram reports on her experience as a competitor at the European Stone Festival, held in Saverne, France, this year in May. Sharra is a stonemason / stone carver from Wiltshire who qualified in...

Alex Wenham (left) and Mark McDonnell receiving their prizes at the European Stone Festival in Severne, France.

30 May 2018 | Events
British stonemasons and carvers Alex Wenham and Mark McDonnell have once again taken top honours at the European Stone Festival, held this year at the Parc of Rohan Palace in Saverne, France, 25-27...
Dry stone walling

Two hours into the competition and the wall is starting to take shape. After seven hours it was finished, 1.2m high complete with coping.

22 May 2018 | Events
Dry stone wallers from across the UK (and even further afield) gathered in a field at Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria on Sunday (20 May) to compete with each other for the honours in a competition to mark...
Wells Stone Carving Festival

Visitors admire the work of the stone carvers at the Wells Stone Carving Festival during the May Day bank holiday.

8 May 2018 | Events
Wells Stone Carving Festival organised by Paul Roddan of Somerset Stonemasons for the May Day bank holiday weekend got this year's stone events off to a flying start.Dawn-to-dusk sunshine sent...
City & Guilds of London Art School open house

City & Guilds of London Art School invites visitors to come and see stone carving in action and have a go themselves during its open house on 11 & 12 May.

2 May 2018 | Events
City & Guilds of London Art School is once again participating in London Craft Week (9-13 May) by holding an Historic Carving Open House, which includes a stone carving demonstration and...
Third place

A male urban pheasant wooing a female back to his nest. The snow sculpture by team USA/GB in China that gained them third place in the contest against the highest standard of international competition.

26 March 2018 | Events
This week promises what will hopefully be the last of this winter's snow showers in the UK. But for some of the country's top stone carvers, winter brings an (albeit ephemeral) artistic...

Asthall Manor, where the 'on form' stone sculpture selling exhibition is being held this year 10 June – 8 July.

26 March 2018 | Events
Stone sculpture returns to the idyllic setting of Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire again this year (10 June-8 July) as 'on form' is held in its two-yearly spot at the home of Rosie Pearson. Most...

There's a stone carving festival in Wells, Somerset, over the May Day bank holiday weekend, 5-7 May.

1 March 2018 | Events
There will be a stone carving festival in Wells, Somerset, on May Day bank holiday weekend, 5-7 May.It will take place at The Bishop's Barn, a medieval tithe barn in the heart of the city.  ...
Hard Surfaces 2019

Hard Surfaces launches at ExCeL London

30 April-2 May 2019, co-locating with the Natural Stone Show 2019.

22 February 2018 | Events
New exhibition reflects barrier-free approach to designA new exhibition has been launched called Hard Surfaces. It will run alongside the Natural Stone Show at ExCeL London 30 April to 2...
Stone hub

Stone Federation and its members championed natural stone at the Surface Design Show in Islington, London, this week.

8 February 2018 | Events
Stone Federation and some of its members made sure there was real natural stone on show among quite a lot of man-made immitations at the Surface Design Show in the Business Design Centre, Islington,...

The Marmotec stone exhibition, relaunched as Marmotec_Hub_4.0, in Carrara, Italy, has become part of the Carrara2 'concept event'.

15 January 2018 | Events
The Italian stone exhibition in Carrara, Italy, which has for many years played second fiddle to the annual exhibition in Verona, has relaunched this year as part of what is being heralded a '...

Happy holidays.

18 December 2017 | Events
Wishing all readers of Natural Stone Specialist magazine and its online audience here on this website a most enjoyable Christmas / New Year break. We are always happy to share your news and views...
4 October 2017 | Events
It has taken a long time, but with stronger growth in the world’s economies, confidence has returned to the stone market internationally, which was reflected at Verona’s 52nd stone...
Italian Stone Theatre

The pictures here are from Italian Stone Theatre at the stone exhibition in Verona last year. This year the focus is on red marble and red wine.

3 August 2017 | Events
The Marmo+Mac stone show in Verona will once again this year (27-30 September) be home to Italian Stone Theatre, a hall that shows what can be achieved in stone when top designers and skilled...
City & Guilds of London Art School Degree Show
23 June 2017 | Events
The City & Guilds of London Art School Degree Show is nearly here, with work by the school's talented Fine Art, Historic Carving and Conservation students. Tipped by The Guardian as one...