Martin Gwilliams

2018 QEST Prince's Foundation Scholar - Stonemasonry & Carving

Martin’s love and passion for stonework began after he attended a three-day letter carving course in 2012. In 2016 he swapped a 20-year career in graphic design for a new career in stonemasonry. Following the completion of his Advanced Diploma in Stonemasonry he went onto work for DBR, working on the restoration of St Jude’s, Kensington and the Palace of Westminster.

In 2018 he took part in the Traditional Building Skills Programme, run by QEST and The Princes Foundation. Here he spent time working on new builds and restoration projects which helped to develop and enhance his masonry and building skills.

Martin is currently one of the apprentice stonemasons at Gloucester Cathedral, conserving and restoring the historic fabric of the church. He is also studying for a Foundation degree via the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship, and continues to design and produce personal and private letter carving work in stone.

This career chose me. After a three-day letter carving in stone course, I was hooked. Then with further tuition via evening classes at the Building Crafts College my eyes were opened to the wonderful world of stonemasonry. My journey of discovery continues – and I love it!