We at Simpson Granite promote the preservation of cemeteries and the monuments within them. Before the widespread use of granite for the manufacturing of memorials, many materials were used that could not stand the test of time. Monuments made of materials such as marble, limestone, and cement can still be found in older cemeteries, but many have deteriorated from the weather, or been damaged by vandalism.
Restorative measures can be taken in some cases.
Here is a look at this process:
This stone has fallen, and over the years, has buried itself into the ground. The first step is to dig it up and take it to our shop for repair.
We now have collected the pieces of the damaged stone. After cleaning, we can begin to repair the old marble monument.
A special cement is applied to the edges of the broken stone.
The re-assembled headstone is then put into clamps to hold the pieces in place until the cement is dry. It can then be taken back to the cemetery and re-installed in it's location.
OFTEN STATUES NEED REPAIR TOO.
CEMENT IS CAREFULLY PLACED TO PUT THE BROKEN PIECES BACK TOGETHER.
THE HEAD BACK IN PLACE, NOW A NEW HAND MUST BE MADE TO REPLACE THE MISSING ONE. A SIMPSON GRANITE STAFF MEMBER USED A MOLD OF HIS OWN HAND TO MAKE A NEW ONE FOR THE STATUE!
For more information about cemetery preservation:
THE ASSOCIATION FOR GRAVESTONE STUDIES