The Traditional Stonemason is committed to promoting natural Australian stone as a sustainable, eco-friendly and cost-effective building material, and show-casing the time-honoured techniques of traditional stonemasonry as a highly sought-after trade.
Dry Stone Walls / Retaining Walls / Stone Steps / Stone Paving / Entrance Wall/Fire places
Maintenance and Repair
Stone Replacement / Repointing /
Heritage Restoration and Conservation
Stone Work Restoration / Cleaning of Heritage Stone Work / Lime Mortar Repointing
Installation of Stone Cladding
Traditional handcut columns
Traditional handcut steps
Traditional handcut fireplaces
"Excellent workmanship, great communication, attention to detail and high quality finish. Ilir recently completed a number of stone walls for us to a high standard, while still finishing them quickly and efficiently.
Ilir was always willing to provide advice and work through solutions to achieve the best outcomes for our client.
We will definitely be working with Ilir in the future."
Adam Yates, Project Engineer Bardavcol Pty Ltd
About The Traditional Stonemason
With a generation of stonemasons hanging up their toolbelts and entering retirement, South Australian Ilir Frroku is making a name for himself on the Adelaide Hills and wider SA trade scene.
Beginning his training as a stonemason in Europe at the age of 17, Ilir spent 11 years honing his craft across Greece and Italy.
“When I was very young, I had the opportunity to learn the traditional techniques of stonemasonry from the old men who had worked for fifty years in the profession. Now, the older stonemasons who migrated to Australia are retiring and there are limited opportunities for young people to learn the traditional methods. I believe it is important to learn when you are young, but to learn from old hands.”
Working across the residential and commercial sector, Ilir specialises in handcut stone walling, paving, fireplaces and retaining & entrance walls.
“I am working mostly with local Bluestone and Adelaide Hills Sandstone. It is a harder stone than the stone in Greece, and harder to cut by hand, but I really like the colour and the finished product.”
“I think there will always be a demand for traditional stonemasonry. A good example is a stonework project I completed for the Gilberton Pump Station, and it was the local residents who requested that the plans be altered to use bluestone instead of synthetic building materials.”
Manager and Head Stonemason