Inspired by the eighteenth century slate gravestones in the churchyards of North Devon where he grew up, Gabriel has been creating lasting and beautiful slate memorials and monuments for almost 20 years. Gabriel will involve the family and friends of the deceased in the design process and his compassionate approach ensures that the tribute will be as personal and meaningful as the relationship itself.
A good gravestone is a tribute to and a remembrance of the value of life itself.
You can see a wide range of examples of Gabriel’s work on the Gallery page. Information about commissioning a gravestone can be found further down the page. He is always happy to discuss requirements, give quotations or answer questions. Based near Llandeilo in West Wales, visits to his workshop can be arranged by appointment. Contact Gabriel
I am always pleased to discuss gravestones.
Where possible, it is best to meet face to face over a cup of tea in my workshop to find the way ahead … the size and shape of the stone, the words to be engraved, the size and style of the lettering and any other decoration and whether or not to use goldleaf.
Delabole Slate is the densest and most long lasting of stones and is remarkable for its beautiful silver colour and markings. Welsh Slate is softer and more free of inclusions and markings. I favour slate from Cwt y Bugail Quarry (the Shepherd’s Hut Quarry) which also has a lovely silver colour. I like to use the back of the stone for a poem – on behalf not just of family and friends but for all who feel called to meditate in a churchyard.
I am happy to give an informal, or written, estimate, but the figures below will provide a reasonable guide.
Single headstone – from £1,000
Double headstone – from £2,000
Cremation plaque – from £500
plus local statutory charge which varies, with Churchyards, from Diocese to Diocese and, with Cemeteries, from Council to Council
An initial deposit of 50% will secure the stone. Then I will develop a design with the person or family commissioning the work. Having made actual size drawings of the design to be executed, permission must be applied for which there will be a varying statutary charge. Full payment is on completion of the work, after the stone is positioned in the churchyard.