Master Craftsman Tim Crawley has been awarded a Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal for outstanding lifetime achievement in stonemasonry.
The Award is presented jointly by the Worshipful Company of Masons, the Masons’ Livery Company, and Stone Federation Great Britain in recognition of those who have made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the natural stone industry or the craft of stonemasonry.
It is called the Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal because His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, a liveryman of the Masons’ Company, has lent his title to the award he wanted to introduce in order to recognise and reward the work of individuals who have practiced, taught and promoted the craft and art of stonemasonry.
Tim Crawley is both an architectural sculptor and a stone carver. As a sculptor, he designs original work for new and period buildings, both by drawing and modelling, for production in stone, marble, and bronze.
As a carver, his work often involves the renewal or replacement of carvings of all periods, although he also designed the Modern Martyrs above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, some of which he also carved. He is accustomed to running large commercial workshops and has experience in many aspects of management, such as programming, estimating and supervision.
He has also taught, having been Head of Historical Carving at the City & Guilds of London Art School for several years. He has given many presentations, including lectures to The Georgian Group, The Pugin Society, the Friends of War Memorials Conference and Birkbeck College. He once also gave The Donavan Purcell Memorial Lecture.
Tim’s work has received various honours, including Stone Federation’s Natural Stone Awards for Craftsmanship over many years. Projects he has been involved with include Kenilworth Castle, St George’s Bloomsbury, Temple Bar, Sir John Soane’s Museum and Westminster Abbey.
Tim, who holds the Livery Company Skills Council Master Craftsman’s Certificate, won the Marsh Award for Traditional Building Skills in 2010 and in 2011 the Masons Livery Company Project Craftsman of the Year Award, as well as being elected President of the Master Carvers Association.
Natural Stone Specialist magazine joins Stone Federation Great Britain and the Worshipful Company of Masons in offering Tim their warmest congratulations.