Ed takes up stone bench challenge

Ed Shaw (29), from Eastbourne along with Sam Elgar (20),
Ed Shaw (29), from Eastbourne along with Sam Elgar (20),
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A newly-qualified stonemason from Eastbourne has been given the honour of fashioning a unique stone bench from 10 pieces of 150 million-year-old stone.

Ed Shaw (left, with the goggles), who has just completed a three year apprenticeship at the Cathedral Works Organisation in Chichester, will soon get his hands on the Portland stone from which he will fashion an imposing six and a half metre long bench earmarked for a new public space near St Paul’s Cathedral in London. He will pair up with fellow former apprentice Sam Elgar from Chichester and get help from four guest trainees.

Entitled Stone Bench, the work was designed by Liverpool architecture students Chris Dove and Craig Mitchell and was the winner of the City of London Stone Bench Competition 2012.

And 20-year-old Ed says he cannot wait to get cracking. “I am very proud to have completed my apprenticeship training,” he said, “and it is a great privilege to have been asked to work on this prestigious project.”

The finished bench will be unveiled on October 24.