The UK’s Leading Memorial Stone Mason for quality and design.
Most memorials available today tend to be mass produced, catalogue pieces imported from across the globe.
The stone offered is limited and design is constrained to the number of characters and the choice of a few basic fonts.
All too often the traditional V-cutting technique of the stonemason which brings so much to the character of the memorial is lost in favour of the less elegant sandblasting method.
Blue Slate Memorial Plaque
At Artisan Memorials we think differently because…
Superior quality memorial stone is available locally without the environmental costs of cross continent transportation.
The arrangement and design of the lettering can be expressive and offers the chance to permanently evoke something about the person being commemorated.
Traditional V-Cut lettering is better. The play of light and shade when letters are V-cut into stone offers a sculptural, three dimensional quality which lifts the memorial and ensures that the inscriptions last for centuries.
Creating the perfect memorial starts with the best Stone Mason
Things to consider when talking with your Stone Mason.
Type of Stone
Unlike most memorial companies we create every memorial from scratch. As Stone Masons, we pride ourselves on this and the fact that every single one of our memorials is hand crafted and unique.
Because we are not restricted to a catalogue of imported ready-made templates we can offer a wider range of stones sourced locally, without the environmental and financial overhead of importing from across the globe.
Our most popular stones can be seen here, however we offer personal and unique memorials using Clashach Sandstone from Scotland, Purbeck Limestone from Dorset, Saint Bees Sandstone from Cumbria, Caithness Stone from Scotland, as well as granite and marble.
All of our stones are suitable for the UK climate, each has its own qualities and characteristics which we can explain before you decide.
Shape of Stone
It is important to consider the shape of the memorial and to be aware of the rules applied by the churchyard or cemetery.
At Artisan Memorials we are able to create any shape and meet any specfication.
Select one of our most popular shapes or talk to us about your own design.
When it comes to lettering most memorial companies offer a basic list of everyday fonts. Little consideration is given to the over all design and how the words sit on the memorial.
At Artisan Memorials we put design at the heart of everything we do.
We believe that inscriptions are the most important aspect of your memorial and work with you to arrive at a letter style that is appropriate, unique and sympathetic to the person being commemorated.
Example of flowing italic letter style.
Example of formal italic letter style.
At Artisan Memorials we are able to incorporate any pictorial design or motif into your stone.
Example of a simple shell design.
Example of a simple wheatsheaf design.
Example of a leaf design incorporated into inscription.
Who are we?
Artisan Memorials Ltd is a family owned business driven and inspired by the life long passion for lettering and calligraphy of its founder Stone Mason Mark Brooks.
Mark has over 30 years experience as a professional Letter Carver and Monumental Mason.
He has an extensive catalogue of public works and regularly teaches letter carving and calligraphy.
He is supported by his close family who share a passion for fine workmanship and customer service.
Together they offer a sensitive, compassionate and reliable service which truly delivers the highest quality memorials available in the UK today.
Stone Mason at work
Some examples of Mark’s public work.
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Best UK Stone Mason
2 Westgate Court Avenue, Canterbury
01227 786560 (Studio)
07939 237080 (Mark)