Damon’s journey into stone was initially inspired by a boyhood dream of building Gothic cathedrals having read Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth. Years later it was reignited at the Gloucester cathedral, where he learned of the modern apprenticeships and schools teaching the art of stone masonry. Within three years, Damon completed an HND in Architectural Stonemasonry, Carving, and Lettercutting at Weymouth College in Dorset, England, securing a position at Lincoln Cathedral. For the next eight years, he thrived on cutting and setting stones, drawing up plans and templates, pointing walls, cleaning stonework, and caring for the historic old building. And, before leaving the UK Damon earned an MSc in Historic Building Conservation from Oxford Brookes University.
On returning to the USA, Damon refined his skills and experience, working for a number of stone masonry companies, including the Liszt Historical Restoration, as well as managing a variety of high end residential and commercial projects, bringing traditional practice into a modern context. Damon is excited to share his passion, experience and skill with the Rhodes Architectural Stone team and its clients, particularly in marrying the strengths of traditional stone masonry with contemporary architecture.