I took this photograph through a very dirty window of work enclosure surrounding Sydney Town Hall, which is currently under renovations. A number of skilled stonemasons are working on recreating column heads in sandstone.

I spend some time watching them working with the stone. It seems misleadingly easy, and just shows how much experience these artisans have. Usage of some modern tools helps but in the end it really is a chisel and hammer affair.

Update: only a day after I have published this story and the photograph the stonemason’s workshop windows were covered by black, non-transparent plastic. It is a pity as I have seen many people have shown genuine interest in his work.