Steve carves out a new business setting

Steve Roche busy at work
Steve Roche busy at work
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A next generation Little Mester will open up his studio workshop at Stag Works this weekend.

Stonemason and letter cutter Steve Roche outgrew his old workshop and jumped at the chance to move to the historic setting.

He said: “I had a really small workshop down in Shalesmoor but it was about the size of a sofa. I couldn’t get anything in or out of it easily and last summer I ended up having to do quite a big project in my back garden.

“It was great to be out in the sunshine but my wife wasn’t too pleased that I was covering our garden with bits of stone all the time.”

Steve, aged 34, of Hunters Bar, trained as a stonemason at York College several years ago after he lost his job in sales and broke his leg within two months. He was taught the traditional art of letter carving by two Master Craftsmen.

He said: “I really believe Sheffield still has a reputation in the UK, and across the world, for quality hand-crafted items. It’s fantastic to be able to build on and add to the tradition of highly skilled craftspeople in this area.”

The new premises feature a workshop on one side and a studio on the other side, where he will set letters and create drawings and inscriptions.

The ‘workshop warming’ will be at Stag Works, John Street, on Saturday from 3pm to 6pm.