Memorials in this gallery are all carved by Jonathan Rayfield and are created in the most traditional way known to man. Continuing one of the oldest crafts on the planet, lettercutting in stone.
I shape the memorials to however the client wishes, traditional or contemporary and use a wide selection of stones and finishes. I design and draw the letters by hand on to the stone, I embrace client input and also add my own flourishes in the design process.
I sometimes say to my clients "Imagine you are making this memorial through me" with the hope that they can realise that we can make anything they would like, 'choice without boundries'. I cut the lettering by hand into a v cut incision using hammers and chisels. I also hand carve flowers, animals, crosses, heraldry, patternwork and much more.
These memorials are for clients looking for something a little more personal or authentic. They do take a little longer than genenric 'machine made' memorials you may find from a funeral director or most memorial masons. We do make these too and cater to that market, I am in no way saying that imported granite memorials are an undesirable choice, they make up approximately 80% of the industry and are fantastic for low maintenance, always look clean and are more budget friendly choice. But in this bespoke section I am just hoping to show to perhaps the 20% of clients that are not so keen on that generic and non ageing look that we specialise in the production of 'one offs'. We source the best of British stones; slates, sandstones and limestones as well as stones from around the world. British stones have a much smaller carbon footprint than their exotic cousins and this is something to consider today.
Please take a look through the gallery at my previous work to see if there are any design elements or carvings that appeal or inspire you. Please also feel free to give me a call or email to talk through design ideas you may already have.
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"I find it very pleasing to create a memorial for a client that is unique to an individual, whether it's a small carving of their favourite
animal or a flourished font, just something different.
It's great to find customers that share that enthusiasm and want to mark a celebration of a loved ones life with the care and attention to detail that goes into each piece.
I believe that not all memorials should be the same in the same way that no two people are. I think that many funeral directors and other memorial masons can sometimes go down the path of looking through a catalogue with a client and can perhaps obscure their vision or hopes of what is or isn't achievable. I genuinely believe that at Rayfield Stone we set the bar higher. We've got a team of highly skilled and qualified individuals and combined with artistic flair we can offer truly special memorials in house, at affordable prices."