James trained as a banker stonemason before he went on to work as a draughtsman and workshop foreman for a small restoration company. The QEST scholarship enabled James to complete his two year post graduate diploma in Historic Stone Carving at the City and Guilds of London Art School in Kennington. He aimed to further his skills and knowledge of traditional and historic stonework, and contribute to the conservation and restoration of England’s built environment.
The scholarship funding allowed James to pursue further study, in order to expand the field that he works in. Without the money from QEST he feels that he just wouldn’t of been able to expand his skills.
One recent project included work on the restoration of the Chapter House, Westminster Abbey, including a 23rds scale statue of Noah carved in Portland limestone (bottom right). He is a CSCS registered Heritage skills industry accreditation stone mason gold card holder.