The Cathedral Workshop Fellowship offers experience to stonemasons and proper restoration to old churches.
The English landscape is strewn with gorgeous old cathedrals that from time to time need maintenance. That’s when they call the Cathedrals Workshop Fellowship (CWF), a program that trains craftsmen in the ancient art of stonemasonry. The fellowship was originally set up to offer apprentice stonemasons a career path and the practical experience they need to attain higher qualifications, but in recent years it has broadened its scope, training electricians and carpenters.
The process of stonemasonry has not changed much over the centuries. In fact the biggest difference is that the masons of old worked mostly by eye, while today they use many tools, including computer programs, to ensure proper measurement. Other differences can be seen in the tools the craftsmen use. Back in Norman times, axes were used in place of the chisel.