A tribute to our local stonemasons…
It seemed fitting to call our Pink Granite Gin ‘The Stonemason’ as a tribute to our talented local stonemasons throughout the Channel Islands who are dedicated to restoring the past and building the future using our traditional building materials formed millions of years ago. Our granite is made up of large crystals of three main minerals - mica, feldspar and quartz and it is the molecular make up of this stone found in the Channel Islands that makes it the perfect building material.
Having already established a working relationship with a local Jersey firm during our extensive renovations of Dunell’s at Beaumont, we were keen to meet up and photograph the stonemasons in action. We were delighted that Chris Le Guyader of C & M Le Guyader Stonemasons Ltd allowed us exclusive access to their granite yard in Jersey to document them ‘dressing’ the granite. Huge thanks to Chris, Matt and their team for their time and inspiration throughout. Here is a little about their business…
C&M Le Guyader Stonemasons Ltd, one of Jersey’s oldest stone masonry companies…
Chris has 38 years personal experience in stone work, having been trained in traditional and modern methods of masonry and is the 3rd generation of Stonemasons in the Le Guyader family who are well known throughout the Island for their stonework.
His grandfather, Joseph Le Guyader, was responsible for the ‘V’ in the Royal Square during the occupation and the lesser known anchor on the Sacred Heart Church at St Aubin and Stars of David at First Tower.
Chris started the existing Company 30 years ago and the Company has extensive experience in a wide range of work & produces workmanship to the highest standards in all aspects of building, repairs and restoration.
C & M Le Guyader Stonemasons Ltd employs an experienced and skilled workforce capable of undertaking all your projects and requirements. The current team of masons have in excess of 75 years experience of stonework.
Large and small projects are undertaken, all with the same care and attention to detail. This can range from minor stonework repairs, fireplaces, cladding, random & drystone walling, cleaning & sand blasting, paving and pointing to major building projects, traditional and modern. They also supply stone and supply lime mortar.
The Company has worked on many prestigious, award winning builds including most recently, Hameau D’Orge, Fosse A L’Ecrivan and St Catherine’s Mill. They also worked on the new Police station, College Gardens (old JCG Site) and on the Le Seelleur building next to Millennium Park. They are currently working on new Les Quennevais School.
The Company has worked and advised with MJ Le Guyader for the National Trust on projects including Tesson Mill and Greve De Lecq Barracks.
Experience on working with Listed buildings and sites include restoration work at Rozel Fort, the Abbatoir site – including the reinstating of the gun emplacement, Elizabeth Castle & Jersey Museum – the moving and replacing of the arch, to mention a few.
Please do click on the web link above in the first paragraph to see more of their outstanding work.