Starting process – setting up a template


Tracing the image on a stone block


Tracing image on a stone block


Final image on a stone


Start to carve around the edge of the stone



Upsiii, accidents happen! Lesson learned – choose the right direction before you hit a chisel


Outline done and challenge can begin!


In a process


Got some exited visitors ūüôā





Carving, carving & carving again. It was a long & tiring process until I got so see a result



Wolaa, it’s done! Unfortunately, in a workshop timescale I didn’t manage to complete it fully, but it’s nice to see the carving process


In order to transport this massive block back home, I had to cut it. Terrifying process. What if…, what if…


Laser did a such a precise job!


Final carving



Proud artist


Stone masons with our teacher


Stone masonry

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A little bit of experience in stone masonry (10.2014). Unfortunately I haven’t got any pictures from the beginning of the process.P1020192


P1020193Cleaning the masonryP1020195

P1020196There is nothing more that can be done when the masonry is still wet. Have to wait for another day to finish the cleaningP1020198View from another sideP1020199

‚ÄúThere is the same difference between talent and genius that there is between a stone mason and a sculptor‚ÄĚ

Robert Green Ingersoll

It was a great experience to try a stone masonry, but a sculpture is something that inspires me, it is something that I would love to do outside my office hours. Nevertheless, to be a conservation architect is kind of being a sculptor but on paper rather than making it out of stone (or other solid material). In general, it is an incredible combination of work and hobby that I wish everyone to achieve and find.

What can I say – the next step – a sculpture in stone !

A little bit of hand on approach in stone work done in October 2014. The new built extension required to make a granite arch around a door frame with a key stone in the middle. I worked under¬†¬†a stone mason Mark Robinson’ s supervision and managed to learn a lot of practical and technical features working with stone. That was my first experience working with such a hard stone as granite.¬†
P1020099Residential house in Cornwall
P1020123First thing that is required is to make a template around the arch

P1020126Carefully measured and quickly made. Placed in the middle and leveled. P1020146Another set of wood templates required that would go around the arch. Using these templates helped to shape the stone in a right angles and form

P1020164Before cutting the stone we have to mark a granite

P1020166After marking the shapeP1020165When it is done we can start cutting the granite.

P1020169When the basic shape is cut, the piece can start to be carved by hand


P1020161Inside curves




P1020162After that we can start working on details

P1020144Really hard material, that required a lot of strength

P1020163After basic carving is done on 7 pieces they can be checked again before placing on the building


P1020158Piece by piece is placed and fixed around the template

Such a huge difference between Devon and Cornish granite. A client didn’t have enough of big¬†stone blocks and was happy to use Devon granite just for one piece instead of Cornish one. My personal opinion – the pieces have to be from the same quarry as the difference is too evident.

P1020171and now Рthe most important part of the granite arch Р A KEY STONE

P1020177As we already know – a template is the first thing to start a work. The font chosen by a client

P1020176Marked on the stone with a carved edge around. The middle part of the stone was hand carved a little bit deeper to make the outside edge stand out and in that way framing the year

P1020181The most responsible job Рplacing the key stone. Up on a scaffold, making sure it fits and its going to stay there many of many year




The only thing that was left is a stone work around the arch
P1020187I want to thank Mark Robinson for an opportunity to work with him and a great time and a new experience. For his patience and interest to teach me as well as incredible amount of knowledge that he has shared with me!  If you are interested, please see more details of his work on the website: http://www.qualifiedstonemason.com/

A really short summary of chapter 7 (130-148)The Buddha Said – meeting the challenge of life’s¬†difficulties¬†by Osho

Under what conditions is it possible to come to the knowledge of the past and to understand the most supreme way?

The Buddha said:

Those who are pure in heart and single in purpose are able to understand the most supreme way. It is like polishing a mirror which becomes bright when the dust is removed. Remove your passion and have no hankering and the past will be revealed unto you.

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some people feel the rain, others just get wet

     / Bob Marley

Lets feel it, lets experience every singe moment of our lives. But why it is so difficult to sense it? Why do we skip such an important part of our life? Please don’t and finally become more sensitive creature of this world as that is the reason why we are so special. WE CAN FEEL! Don’t forget it

Nr. 1. Harley-Davidson Sportser¬†called Guerrilla by Rough Craft harley-davidson-sportster-aharley-davidson-sportster-bThe bike takes Harley-Davidson‚Äôs Nightster theme a step further, with a chopped front end, new bars, bodywork and lighting‚ÄĒand a terrific exhaust system that adds to the compact, muscular vibe.


I lost my speech and got disconnected with the world. I disappeared from reality and at the same time I emerged into reality. I felt a perfect match as you feel it with your perfect man.  What else do you need for  the pleasure of the life?


or equivalently good Harley – Davidson Sportser XL 883 L

harley-davidson-sportster-nightster-1800-0170c316-fb6b-4e51-be04-f2f8f8e80abbManufactured: 1988-2003
Displacement: 883cc
Seat Height: 27.1 inches
Fuel Capacity: 3.3 gallons
Weight: 486 pounds

It sounds as fluent as poetry, it fits as a glove into a hand, it looks as perfect as every women on it.

/ AZ

Nr.2 – Yamaha Dragstar 650

Dragstar650002Based on the Yamaha Virago 535 engine, the Dragstar (named V Star in USA) cylinders were bored an additional 5 mm to 81 mm and stroked 4 mm more to 63 mm. The Dragstar comes in two models. The Classic and the Silverado versions are built around the same 649 cc v-twin engine. The V-Star line offers the visual appeal of larger v-twin motorcycles paired with the fuel efficiency, reliability, and nimble handling of a mid-size cruiser.The custom with a lower seat height 695 mm (27.4 in) and slightly less weight, and the classic with a higher seat height of 708 mm (27.9 in). The custom is approximately 230 kg (510 lb) and the classic approximately 30 kg heavier 260 kg (570 lb).


A bit heavy for a girl, but does it really matter when you are in love?


Nr. 3. Honda Rebel 250


honda_rebel-2008-Honda-Rebel250-CMX250CcThe Rebel 250 CMX250C was designed for those who put comfort on the first place and is powered by a pretty cool air cooled 234cc parallel twin-cylinder engine. The engine offers a fair amount of power to help you deal with both city and highway traffic without problems.

The Rebel is the consummate beginner bike encompassing size, looks and a price tag. Apart from its capable engine, the motorcycle also features a timeless design that perfectly combines classic and modern elements. We especially like the custom-styled, chrome-plated headlight, taillight and turn signal casings. Not to mention about the pullback handlebar, teardrop fuel tank, two-piece custom seat and the bobbed fenders which further enhance the retro look of this tasty cruiser.

The ride quality is assured by a 33mm fork which offers 4.6 inches of wheel travel and rear dual shocks with five-position spring-preload adjustability.

Where is a power? The power is in the simplicity, a weight and a seat height.




Built Heritage Conservation Training Centre, at Banffy Castle, Bontida, Romania 08/2014

9 days workshop restoring 18th century Baroque style architectural element ‚Äď a balcony

IMG_4143First thing – diagnoses. The 18th century element was carefully analysed and examined before any treatment could be approached to it. Some parts were really fragile, therefore extra attention was paid to preserve and save as much as we could.

IMG_3613A small part of the surface was used to do a trial of cleaning method.



Small toothbrush and a sponge  was used to clean a back surface using a spray with clean waterIMG_3601This cleaning method seemed to work fine and we have considered it as the most appropriate way for the primary cleaning

IMG_3609The difference between cleaned and uncleaned part

??????????The next step was to consolidate the stone and to make sure that fragile parts are protected and safe in the same place where they were initially. What is more important to prevent the stone from water/weathering penetration inside the stone through the cracks

??????????I have injected a liquid lime mortar into the cracks


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After the frigile parts are protected, all cracks are filled with mortar, we can continue with stone cleaning. However, this time I am using a glass powder and a pressure stream to get deeper and clean better


DSCN4590The final part is to mix right pigments that would match perfectly with a stone to fix the missing or damaged parts of the sculpture

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Next year this piece of stone will be placed on its original location creating a balcony elements of the Banffy Castle

IMG_4144Banffy Castle