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Colin Wood The stonemason by Stewart Wall ARPS
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The team behind the Caistor Citizen has published a book about the town’s stonemason.

Colin Wood is one of only a handful of stonemasons left in the UK who still carves by hand. Nowadays, the process is usually done by a computerised, shot-blasting technique.

Caistor photographer Stewart Wall shot a series of images about Colin and was awarded a distinction for them by the Royal Photographic Society. An exhibition of the photographs was held at Caistor’s Arts and Heritage Centre in January. The images were also shown to Caistor Heritage Trust last year.

“A lot of people have asked me if I had thought about doing a book, so I decided have a go,” said Stewart. The Citizen’s editor, Shona Wall, is an experienced print production journalist and she assisted with the book.

The very first finished copy has been printed and yesterday (Saturday, March 7, 2015) Stewart called round to present it to Colin. It was the first time Colin had seen the finished book.

“It’s not every day you’re given a book about yourself, is it?” Colin said. He agreed to replicate some of the scenes featured in the book, but this time, included his copy of the book in the images.

The book is now available for launch. Copies of the book will be available for a much reduced price during the pre-ordering period.

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The book is 140 pages long and is full of both black and white and colour photography. It tells how Colin’s grandfather set up the business in Mill Lane in the 1880s, and how it was operated by three generations of the same family.

When the book goes on sale, it is likely to cost between £15 and £20 but during the initial pre-ordering period, it will be available at £10 for those willing to pay in advance.

If you would like to pre-order at £10 please send us an email via the contact Caistor Citizen tab. This pre-ordering run should be ready during the middle of April 2015.

Stewart and Shona Wall have also recently produced another book recently with other members of the Royal Photographic Society. NHS-65, which marked the 65th anniversary of the National Health Service in 2013.

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