Matthias is from Dresden, Germany and has worked as a mason and carver for over 20 years. Following his apprenticeship in one of the most prestigious workshops in Dresden, Matthias spent 6 years working throughout Europe in over a dozen masonry and carving workshops before moving to England in 1998 to join Wells Cathedral Stonemasons. He joined Dick Reid’s workshop in York the following year, where he stayed for more than 5 years. In 2001, Matthias was accepted as a William Morris Craft Fellow with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He then received a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship along with funding from the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship which enabled him to complete the German Qualification of Master in Masonry, Carving and Conservation. In 2004, Matthias returned to York to set up his business. In 2011, Matthias gained an MA in Historic Conservation from University of York, King’s Manor.
Kibby Schaefer joined as Partner in the business in 2008. She was raised in New York City, gained her BA (Art History) from Reed College, Portland, OR, her MSc from the University of Edinburgh (Honours Art History; Medieval and Renaissance Works of Art on Paper) and her Diploma in Architectural Woodcarving from City and Guilds of London Art School. In 2001 she joined Dick Reid’s workshop in York, UK as an architectural woodcarver. As both a carver and designer, Kibby’s skills have enabled the business to take on work in wood, clay and plaster.
NVQ Level 3 Banker Masonry; CSCS Gold Heritage Card; Awarded National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) Funding 2012-2013; CITB Funded 2013-1014
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Apprentice.
Sean joined our workshop in 2014.
Stone carver and mason; letter cutter; woodcarver. NVQ Level 3 Stonemasonry; NVQ Level 3 Bench Joinery; NVQ Level 3 Wood Machining; CSCS Gold Heritage Card; Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Bursary Scheme Scholarship for stone carving and masonry; Quick lime mortar trained 2014; PASMA (scaffold towers) trained; British Museum Casting trained 2010.
Matt did his Apprenticeship in woodcarving at Linfords under Mike Painter and then worked for the York Minster as a stone carver for a number of years before joining our team in 2015.
Family + Tradition
Matthias’ father, Tasso Garn, carving replica figures for historic sites in Dresden, Germany using traditional materials and methods.
Our workshop has evolved from a tradition of stone masonry and carving which is still very much alive in places such as Dresden- where Master teaches Apprentice, who becomes Master, and so forth. For this reason we consider it an obligation to train the next generation, to perpetuate the craft by example as was traditionally done.