Many methods and materials are shown and discussed in this book, which incorporates some of the same beautiful sketches of masonry detailing that are found in his first book. As each biblical Gospel tells a story, each book also complements the others with different details. The Stonemason's Gospel According to Ian Cramb reinforces the precepts behind the old craft in its authentic form. This is the author's compilation of a lifetime of experiences, caught in his drawings, and explanations which are offered to those who attend to the sacred work of building and repairing masonry in the traditional way and who practice sound historic masonry building conservation work. Ian Cramb began his apprenticeship at the age of 14 in Dunblane, Scotland. He was surrounded by large estates, farm buildings, a ruined thirteenth century bishop's palace, two large fifteenth century castles, and a Gothic cathedral. Dunblane was an apprentice stonemason's paradise. In 1957, Mr. Cramb took over as Master Stonemason on the restoration of the monastic buildings around the Abby on Iona. He rebuilt the cloisters, restored St. Michael's Chapel, and also restored St. Oran's Chapel in the Cemetery of Kings, built in 1075. In 1950 Mr. Cramb moved to the US where he set stone on the US Capitol and other buildings in Washington D.C. Proverbs 22:29 "Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings..." "The men of the Iona community, and the few tradesmen, including myself, had all to be dressed in the community rigout, dark blue suit with a dark blue shirt and tie, and those being presented to the Queen. We had to be trained to bow and shake her hand. It was a very pleasant experience, and good to be able to say you met the Queen and did shake her hand, along with Prince Phillip, and Princess Margaret." ... Ian Cramb
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Book Description 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110615496555