Talks and Lectures from a Guild Master

Stephen has engaged audiences at a range of speaking events for public, private and charitable organisations over the years and is able to educate, inspire and entertain people of diverse backgrounds, from total newcomers to the craft through to professionals and post-graduates.

Stephen is delighted to share the wealth of knowledge, expertise and fascinating experiences that he has collected over forty years experience in the craft; from specialist education in a City of London Guild school along a colourful craft ‘journey’ that took him on foot all over Europe and culminated in South Africa, through to his illustrious international career as ‘Court Mason’ to the world’s royalty and nobility.  

Stephen holds the position of ‘Remembrancer’ for one of his Guilds and, as such, is pleased to be questioned on the lesser-known and more specialist fields of interest within stonemasonry and its associated history and culture.  Seminars may be curated more specifically for audiences with niche interests or to complement a specialist event. 

Comments on a talk given in the City of Bath.

Talk, Lectures and Discussions. 

Stephen has engaged audiences at a range of speaking events for public, private and charitable organisations over the years and is able to educate, inspire and entertain people of diverse backgrounds, from total newcomers to the craft through to professionals and post graduates. 

Stephen is delighted to share the wealth of knowledge, expertise and fascinating experiences that he has collected over forty years in the craft; from specialist education in a City of London Guild school along a colourful craft "journey" that took him on foot all over Europe and culminated in South Africa, through to his illustrious career as a "Court Mason" to the world's royalty and nobility.

Stephen holds the position of "Remembrancer" for one of his Guilds and, as such, is pleased to be questioned on the lesser known and more specialist fields of interest within stonemasonry and its associated history and culture.

As a Master craftsman teaching craftspeople, the style is predominantly hands-on and practical, focusing on demonstrating skills and techniques rather than merely describing them. Guild masters are chosen based not only on their mastery of the craft but also for their proficiency in effectively teaching diverse groups. We must offer popular entertainment based content and also Scientific presentation with a balanced approach, using scientific explanation; experimentation; measurement and quantification and evidence-based science.

Seminars may be curated more specifically for audiences with niche interests or to complement a specialist event.

Craftsmanship: Nurturing Excellence through Guilds

Join me on a journey of discovery and wonder through the little-known and widely misunderstood world of the Crafts Guild.

The Bardic Tradition and its used in modern day Teaching

The Bardic tradition involves the sharing and preservation of stories, songs, and poems, representing a vital aspect of our heritage. This tradition was traditionally utilized by the Guild to transmit essential skills, history, and culture through a sophisticated system of storytelling, poetry, and songs, creating a sense of community and continuity among its members. Today, we continue to uphold these traditions as a valuable complement to modern educational methods.

Resonance of the Senses: Harmonic Proportion, Geometry, and Neurology in the Creation of Emotional Architecture and Sculpture

Welcome to an introduction exploring the intricate relationship between harmonic proportion, music theory, geometry, and our neurology in influencing the energy and emotions conveyed by sculpture and architecture. These elements collectively play a significant role in determining the emotive and energetic impact of the final artistic piece.

Allow me to share a glimpse into my lifelong journey of craftsmanship, enriched by family connections and the environment in which I was raised. From a tender age, craftsmanship has been my constant companion, with  55 years spent in the guild system and 43 years wielding the tools of my craft.

Traditions within the Guild

Allow me to share with you tales of the esteemed Guild of St. Stephen, which has stood the test of time for over a millennium. Our membership, a tapestry of nationalities, races, and genders, upholds many captivating traditions that we continue to cherish to this very day.

Embracing the Eccentricities: A Journey of Ancient Traditions and Modern London in the City of London

The City of London, often referred to simply as the City, is a place of fascinating contrasts and juxtapositions. Nestled within the vibrant metropolis of modern London, the City proudly stands as a testament to its rich history and deep-rooted traditions. Being brought up and trained in this unique urban enclave exposes individuals to a distinct way of life, where the eccentricities of ancient traditions coexist harmoniously with the dynamic spirit of contemporary London.

 Embracing Physical Activity, Creativity, and Social Engagement for Adults 50+

The prevalent belief in Western cultures is that aging necessitates a deceleration in our activities and a transition toward retirement. However, as emphasized by Daniel E. Lieberman, a renowned evolutionary biologist at Harvard, the opposite must be our guiding principle. It is precisely as we age that maintaining physical activity becomes crucial.

The Song Within Craftsmanship: A Harmonious Exploration of Timeless Artistry

Welcome to an introduction to the profound concept of craftsmanship and the essence of "the song" within this timeless art form. Central to the craft is the notion of "the song," a metaphorical representation of a continuum of knowledge and memories that transcends time itself.

Dissent and workers rights within the Guild

Let's journey through the chronological narrative of labour movements involving stonemasons and other craftsmen, starting from ancient Egypt over three thousand years ago and the first recorded labour strike in human history.

A Journey of Self-Discovery and Enlightenment Through the Highest Levels of Artistry

 

Craftsmanship, far beyond the mere act of creating physical objects, delves deep into the very essence of our existence, touching upon psychology, philosophy, theology, history, and metaphysics. It is a profound practice that not only refines our skills but also sharpens our minds and souls, guiding us towards a deeper understanding of the world around us.

 

From Myth to Mastery: Unveiling the Untold Saga of The Stonemasons’ Guild Across the Ages

 I invite you to immerse yourselves in the rich tapestry of history as we journey through the ages with The Stonemasons’ Guild.

 

Where does Paganism end and Classism begin?

A discussion on the fascinating link between classical and Christian art rooted in paganism.

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