Gallery

Gallery

The friendly and sympathetic team at McBrides Monumental Services Ltd in Balclutha are members of the New Zealand Monumental Masons Association. We engrave and put in place new headstones and monuments, add additions to headstones and monuments and repair them. We also provide cleaning and waterblasting services to preserve monuments and headstones. Take a look at what’s involved in engraving a granite headstone and putting it in place.

The McBrides Monumental Services Ltd Workshop
The McBrides Monumental Services Ltd Workshop
The crane lifting a granite base
The crane lifting a granite base
The team working on a base
The team working on a base
McBrides Monumental Services truck
McBrides Monumental Services truck
Jenna, Apprentice Monumental Mason, working on a headstone
Jenna, Apprentice Monumental Mason, working on a headstone
Jenna drilling into granite
Jenna drilling into granite
Preparing a headstone
Preparing a headstone
Doug and Jenna adding the headstone design
Doug and Jenna adding the headstone design
The headstone design is applied ready for engraving
The headstone design is applied ready for engraving
Operating a forklift to pick up a gravestone
Operating a forklift to pick up a gravestone
Jenna with the crane
Jenna with the crane
Jenna all kitted up ready to do a headstone engraving
Jenna all kitted up ready to do a headstone engraving
Doug in the workshop
Doug in the workshop
McBrides Monumental Services completing an engraving
McBrides Monumental Services completing an engraving
Jenna lining up a gravestone for an addition
Jenna lining up a gravestone for an addition
Working around plants to add a headstone addition
Working around plants to add a headstone addition
Setting up on site
Setting up on site
Securing the addition to the gravestone
Securing the addition to the gravestone
Using the crane at the cemetery
Using the crane at the cemetery
Spraying the etching material onto the granite gravestone
Spraying the etching material onto the granite gravestone
Doug, a New Zealand Master Monumental Masons Association (NZMMMA) member, training Jenna
Doug, a New Zealand Master Monumental Masons Association (NZMMMA) member, training Jenna
Working on the etching of the addition to the grave
Working on the etching of the addition to the grave
Jenna adding pigment to the lettering of this granite headstone
Jenna adding pigment to the lettering of this granite headstone
Touching up and adding silver pigment to the new addition of this headstone
Touching up and adding silver pigment to the new addition of this headstone
Adding the special pigment once the etching is complete
Adding the special pigment once the etching is complete
The pigment on this headstone is getting its final coat
The pigment on this headstone is getting its final coat