Ben Fairgrieve

2017 QEST Robertson Trust Apprentice - Stonemasonry

Ben was selected for a four year apprenticeship at St Mary’s Cathedral Workshop in Edinburgh, founded in 1987 to restore the Cathedral’s exterior stonework and train young apprentices.

Apprenticed to master masons Andrew Ramsay and Jordan Kirk, Ben learnt the traditional craft skills required for restoration and conservation work – ‘Young Hands for Old Skills’ – and studied for a Scottish Vocational Qualification in stonemasonry at Edinburgh College.

I look forward to following in the footsteps of former St Mary’s apprentices who have passed out as master masons with the rare hand skills of stonework restoration, many having won awards, all now employed in the trade.