How a mason climbed his way to career carved in stone

Christophe Allegri has worked with stone for 30 years after discovering his interest in architecture during student antics climbing on scaffolding, pipes and church guttering

Christophe Allegri has worked with stone for 30 years after discovering his interest in architecture during student antics climbing on scaffolding, pipes and church guttering

When he left school, he studied international commerce but soon realised it was not right for him.

However the climbing escapades with other students had brought him into contact with architecture and stonework – and led him, aged 24, to sign up for a CAP tailleur de pierre.

He found he had made the right decision: “Stone has already existed for thousands of years and so I know my work will last for several future generations.

“I am lucky to be in Burgundy because there is variety within the pierre de Bourgogne. Stone can be dry, hard or soft and I use different tools depending on the type.

“Contrary to what people might think, I find it is a material which is generous ...

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