Each monument is a creation, a piece of art in itself, which takes between 60 and 70 hours of work, from the rough monolith to the finished product set up in the cemetery.
Everything starts in a quarry from which a block weighing more than 40 tons is extracted using dynamite. The stone is then cut into slabs between 10 and 30 cm thick, as needed. Automatic polishing equipment is then used on both faces of slabs. A guillotine with more than 300 tons of pressure cuts the slab at the required length. If all of the monument faces are polished, the slab will be placed on a digitally automated polisher, which gives it its shape and polishes the chosen sides. However, if two faces must be polished, the stonecutter transforms it into a monument by shaping it with carbide scissors and an iron sledgehammer.
The next step consists in creating the rubber stencil (which involves lettering and drawings), cut with state-of-the-art technology and preapproved by the client. This stencil is then placed on the granite stone façade, from which rubber particles are removed to let the sand jet dig in to shape letters and drawings. After we are done with the sand jet, we take the residual rubber layer off, and the monument is cleaned and loaded for delivery.
In the cemetery, we install the monument and its base on a foundation using a trolley and we clean it one last time to reveal all of its splendour.