Stonecutters (who were also referred to as masons) did not have much special training, like some of the other guilds required. Some stonecutters would cut stone slabs into blocks that were transportable, master sculpture that was based on an image. This masterpiece would determine if they required more training or they were in the guild and could start a business again. In the picture to the lower right, two stonecutters are placing stone blocks on a building top. In the picture to the top left, a group of stonecutters are placing stones into a wall.
Most stonecutters traveled frequently and worked on large-scale jobs, such as cathedrals and buildings. Many masons and stonecutters would be hired all at one time, but when there was no more money left to pay them with, the stonecutters would move on to the next job until that project was no longer funded.
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