Walking out of Chelsea on that first evening in 1992 I had a Eureka moment. On a famous antique company’s stand was a Redwood Stone ‘Kissing Cherubs’, a bit ‘weathered’ (aged), at 5 x’s the price in our brochure – and it was Sold! I needed to go down weathered route.
For 1993 I managed to collect together some weathered pieces of our own stonework, about 20 years old, and found that even at much higher prices than normal there was considerable demand. I needed to find a way of weathering stone instantly.
One of our first weathering projects was when tennis partner Roger Saul, of Mulberry fame, refurbished Charlton House hotel, now a Bannantyne Spa, he commissioned us to produce the weathered balustrade for the front of the hotel. Our Manor House Balustrade was born for Chelsea 2000.
Our process for weathering stone is a closely guarded secret but at Chelsea one very well spoken elderly lady told us her method; to drink Guinness and wee on it. I invited her down to the Stoneworks for a couple of pints, but she declined!
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