A stone conservator's skill
She has been working at the East Church again recently, this time carrying out conservation work on the Hugh Rose Ross Memorial. There had been some damage to the sword handle and scabbard point which required careful rebuilding based on a wire framework.
Once Karolina had put in all the details the new work blended in with the old. Interestingly each part of this monument is carved as a separate item, if you look closely at the photos you might be able to spot some of the joins.
Karolina’s report on her work on the medieval gravestone gives you an insight into the materials and attention
to detail required to carry out conservation work. The image of the stone laminations gives you an idea of the scale of the problem before work began.
The right hand image shows the stone on display in the church, after completion of the work. It is in a tailor made stand, with resin in the base shaped to support and cushion the stone.
If you are interested in the range of work undertaken by stone conservators, Karolina’s portfolio has some impressive examples from Scotland, Poland and the Ukraine. Karolina’s artistic work in pencil, sculpture, lime plasterwork and scraffiti also shows great skill.
All photos, except the one of her, are by Karolina.
You can also see an account of this work in the East Church summer 2010 newsletter