The art of Stonecrafting
We would like to give you an insight into an ancient craft. What is carved in stone cannot be mass produced. With hammer and chisel, poems and ornaments are carved in memory of a life.
Memorial stones throughout history
A part of our origin
In archaeological material, it is precisely stones that have been preserved the best through the millennia. It can be anything from buildings, such as the temple of antiquity, the pyramids of the pharaohs and the runic stones of the Vikings to building details, the street stones or ornate gate posts.
Stones have also been used for small but important utensils – for the weight of dragonflies, such as grinding stones, for jewelery, playing tiles and so on. Often they have been beautifully decorated, which may indicate that they were of great value and inherited from generation to generation.
Stones, to mark graves or important events, have been used by virtually all cultures around the globe.
The stone carving village
Crafts and professional roles were inherited and communicated for long periods from generation to generation. They learned in early years and the touch came to develop into a high level of expertise. This largely ceased in Europe when the oblique system was removed in the mid-19th century. But in China, this custom remains. Chongwu has been producing stone since the 13th century. Their ability to look at a photograph and then create a correct and proportionate three-dimensional sculpture is exceptional.
A proud tradition
“I come from an entrepreneurial family where leather preparation and skilled craftsmanship have been prevalent for a long time. Therefore, it is interesting to work with the proud craftsmen in the Chongwu stone carving district, an ambitious people with deep traditions.”
(Marcus Skinnar, CEO & Owner Edurus AB)