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The Traditional Stonemason

Providing traditional handcut stonemasonry services across the South Australian commercial, residential and government sectors, with a focus on innovative construction and design, and excellence in heritage restoration and conservation. 

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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.
New Construction
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

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Traditional handcut columns


Traditional handcut steps


Traditional handcut fireplaces

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“In 20 years of working in the Landscaping Industry I can personally vouch that Ilir’s work was to an exceptional standard, with the detail and precision of the construction providing a significant point of difference for the new sub-division.” 

Patrick Graham, Director Outerspace Landscape Architects

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Traditional stonework on show in the Adelaide Hills

With a generation of stonemasons hanging up their toolbelts and entering retirement, 38 year-old Ilir Frroku is making a name for himself on the Adelaide Hills 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.”

Mr Frroku’s European training is in high demand, particularly with winter bringing increasing requests for traditional stone fireplaces.

Working across the residential and commercial sector, Ilir specialises in handcut stone walling and paving, and utilises the region’s highly sought after bluestone and sandstone. His talents are now on show at Atelier Crafers, where he has completed extensive stonework throughout the café and mezzanine art gallery.

Additionally, Mr Frroku has restored heritage-listed drystone walls at Strathalbyn, and expanded his work in residential estate development, constructing the stone walls for Bluestone Estate, Mount Barker.

“I am working mostly with local bluestone. 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. I completed stonework 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.”

For more information, visit The Traditional Stonemason on Facebook or phone 0450 745 099. To see Ilir’s stone work, stop in for a drink by the fire at Atelier Crafers at 1 Cox Place Crafers.

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Manager and Head Stonemason

Ilir Frroku

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Royal Adelaide Golf Club Carey Gully Entrance Gates
Carey Gully Entrance Gate
Blue Stone Atelier Crafers
Carey Gulley Stone Entrance Wall
Dry Stacked Stone Veneer
Blue stone gate pillars
Sandstone Solid blocks Wall
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Stone Paving
Carey Gully Sandstone Fireplace
External walling
Carey gully fireplace 2
Bluestone Retaining Wall
Stone Paving & Retaining Wall
Drystone Walling Bluestone
Walkerville Sign Bluestone Wall
Mortar Walling Aelaide Hills Bluestone
Fireplace Stone Feature
Atelier Crafers front pillars - Bluestone
Atelier Crafers
Stone Walling
Bluestone Paving Stirling
Stone Cottage Olive Tree
Fireplace external stone walling
Bluestone retaining wall
Greek stone arch
Stone Veneer on External House Wall
Stone Veneer Installation on Fireplace
Sand Stone Fireplace
Bluestone Entrance Wall
Macclesfield Main St Garden Bed
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