Over thirty trainee stonemasons took part in the annual ‘Boss Stone’ competition at Dorset Skills Centre on from Wednesday 23rd May till Friday 25th May with a 2012 Games Inspired theme. The overall competition took place over two and a half days at the Weymouth College site in Poundbury with level 1, 2, 3 and foundation degree students and apprentices in with a chance of winning one of three categories, with a £100 prize for the overall winner kindly sponsored by Daedalus conservation.
The rectangular blocks of stone were donated by local businesses; Hanson Bath and Portland Stone firms Ltd in which Head of School for Construction and Electrical, Rex Wilts thanked in his speech at the awards ceremony.
“This is the eighteenth Boss Stone competition, a very unique opportunity for our students to engage with each year. I would like to extend my thanks to Hanson Bath and Portland Stone for supplying eighteen years’ worth of Bath Stone; the lecturers at the college, Tony Porter of Albion Stone for agreeing to judge along with Neil Fuller of Portland Stone firms Ltd. We wouldn’t be able to deliver such an internationally renowned course if it wasn’t for their sponsorship throughout the year and assistance at our special events.
I would also like to thanks David Collier of Daedalus Conservation for sponsoring the award shields and for the overall prize, 1st year prize and 2nd year prize; Dick Reid, Worshipful Company of Masons for the special awards and judging too.”
The competition ended on the Friday at midday with one student winning the overall prize of £100 and two others winning £50 each along with an awards shield. An awards ceremony was held to award special achievements throughout the year and for the Overall winner of the Boss Stone competition along with 1st and 2nd prized winners.
The Overall winner was Dan Owen, a first year, Diploma in Stonemasonry, level 2. Dan said:
“My inspired piece was a combination of the Olympic sport, shot-put with features you’d see in a cathedral – gargoyle like. I worked well with the stone and very pleased to have won overall prize. My plan for the future is to move back to Wales and start up my company.”
1st year winner, Alistair Mason, Diploma in Stonemasonry, level 2 said the imagery was of a symbolic fist from the Mexican Olympics from 1968, holding a medal and he incorporated seashells and pebbles into his design which were symbolic of the Jurassic Coast.
2nd year winner, Maya Marten, Diploma in Stonemasonry, level 3 chose discus-throw as her inspired Olympic sport as she loves the famous statue of Hercules holding a discus. Mia was speechless that she had won and said the experience was ‘brilliant’ and is currently exploring her options for the future.
For more information about the Annual Boss Stone competition held every year by Weymouth College and Dorset Skills Centre, please contact Richard Mortimer on 01305 340162.
For more information about the Dorset Skills Centre and courses available including Stonemasonry, please visit www.weymouth.ac.uk or call 01305 266511.