A legacy carved in stone by Caleb Nickerson

Bristol native John-Philippe Smith is a stonemason and co-founder of Smith & Barber Sculpture Atelier Inc., a company that specializes in heritage restoration and custom stonework. Pictured, he stands in his shop with a nearly-completed stone obelisk, a public art piece built for the Municipality of Pontiac that was unveiled over the weekend.

Ask any craftsman or artist why they create the things they do and you’re likely to get a wide variety of responses.
Some do it to express themselves or for the sense of accomplishment that comes from a good day’s work. Some like to be able to point to their work out and say, ‘I built that with my own hands.’

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