Mármoles Huéscar S.L. is a family workshop with three generations of expert craftsmen working in the field of natural stone. They carry out all sorts of work related to stone, using traditional methods and mechanized processes for transforming this material. They carry stone work, carving of stone, sculptures and restoration of heritage.
– Stone work: they work with stone using traditional techniques, frequently alternating them with new technologies in order to improve the conditions of their workers, to avoid health issues and to be more efficient. They use water jet cutting machinery, cranes for transporting materials and a mechanized control centre to copy original pieces or manufacture designs from scratch. This enables them to carry out the roughing of the pieces to then finish them and add all the details by hand with the aid of traditional tools such as the mallet, the bell hammer, sledgehammer levers, bush hammers, toothed stone axes, tooth chisels and hand tracers of different shapes and sizes, normal chisels, bull point chisels, wedges, sandpaper of different-size grains, templates, measuring tapes, carpenter’s squares, compasses, pencils, protection equipment, etc. In the case of the tooth chisels and hand tracers, they can be compatible with the pneumatic hammer. The main raw materials which are used are: marble, granite, limestone and sandstone, among others. The finishes they obtain are varied, among which it is worth mentioning the ones obtained thanks to the use of the bush hammer or the hand tracer. The pieces can also be honed, polished or aged. These stone works are carried out in order to manufacture mouldings, staircases, ashlars, cresting, tiling or in the restoration of heritage, among others.
– Carving of stone and sculpture, using different methods. One of them consists of drawing directly on the stone, parting from a sketch, to then go on with its carving. An alternative is to carry out templates made of cardboard or fibre boards, placing marks on the stone to then carve it. Clay models may also be used, transferring the measurements by pointing, using a machine made ad-hoc for each model. Finally, they also make use on occasions of the mechanized control centre with the aim of carrying out one first process of roughing of the stone to then finish it by hand using the traditional manual techniques. In all the aforementioned processes the tools which are used are: the bell hammer, the bull point chisels, tooth chisels and bush hammers. These manual tools are sometimes complemented by the use of pneumatic hammers, the straight grinding machine with different types of cutting components, the angle grinding machine, the drill, and lastly, sandpapers to allow different kinds of finishes.
– Restoration of heritage: they use different methods, such as the system of mortises, the substitution of old pieces by new ones such as ashlars, mouldings, cornices, cresting, pinnacles or flooring pieces, among others, the cleanliness of the stone and the restoration of mortars.
Three generations of artisans have transmitted their knowledge regarding the tradition of the craft from one generation to the next, always in relation to the transformation and placing of stone.
Pedro Ismael Rodríguez González, at the age of sixteen, carried out a course on marble which lasted a total of 2650 hours. The course was delivered at the Consorcio Escuela del Mármol de Fines (Almeria) between the years 2002 and 2004. Within this course, there was an exchange with the Island of Malta, where they taught him all about their traditional techniques as well as the different tools and their use.
Later on he started carving gravestones, busts, chimneys, fountains, and carried out inlay works.
Throughout his broad professional career he has had the chance to train many apprentices in activities such as the carving of stone and the correct placing of it, showing them the traditional techniques and the specific methods of his family business.
– Manufacture of cresting and pinnacles with sandstone for the Royal Chapel of the Cathedral of Granada.
– Mouldings and sandstone tiles for the Cathedral of Granada.
– Cornices and bases made with sandstone for the portal of the Church of San Cecilio, in Granada.
– The restoration, using the system of mortises, of the socles, chapels, pulpits, gravestones and steps of the Church of Santiago Apóstol, in Málaga, carrying out also the cleaning of different areas.
– Restoration using sandstone, by means of the system of mortises, of the balconies and the portal of the Lassala, in Valencia.
– Stained glass windows for the Convent of Santo Domingo, in Huéscar (Granada). The material used for that aim was Rosa Portugal marble.
– Restoration of centenarian façades in Málaga.
– Restoration of various fountains in Huéscar (Granada).
– Family pantheon, gravestones, chimneys, fountains, coats of arms, busts, staircases, and washing places, among other works.