Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstones

By C.J. Ball

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Explore our meticulously crafted memorials, skillfully shaped by master stonemasons with a legacy dating back to our establishment in 1929. These tastefully designed memorials are the perfect choice for cemeteries in Barry and the surrounding regions. Delve into the essence of what we have in store below.

Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstones

Our Range

Infused with a delightful, expertly handcrafted rustic charm, our headstones offer a distinctive means to honor and celebrate the life of a beloved individual who has passed away.

Our devoted team of highly skilled memorial artisans possesses the mastery to intricately hand-carve personalised rustic headstones, each embellished with elaborate details and an impeccable finish. While we present a selection of pre-designed rustic and hand-carved headstone choices for your consideration, our utmost pride lies in our ability to create one-of-a-kind, tailor-made pieces that radiate uniqueness and individuality.

It would be our honour to contribute to immortalising the memory of your loved one through the craftsmanship of a genuinely fitting rustic or hand-carved headstone.

Browse the Range

Explore our beautiful selection of rustic and hand-carved memorials, surpassing expectations in Barry and beyond. Search now to find the ideal tribute for your beloved

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Choosing the Perfect Rustic or Hand-Carved Headstone

For those seeking a timeless tribute that truly epitomises craftsmanship to honour their cherished ones, opting for a rustic or hand-carved headstone emerges as an exceptionally distinguished choice.

Our adept memorial artisans possess the expertise to transmute any design or concept into a hand-carved masterpiece, radiating rustic charm and individual uniqueness. The result is a premium headstone that undoubtedly commands attention.

With a heritage spanning nearly a century, C.J. Ball has been a steadfast companion for families in South Wales. Our memorial showrooms in Barry serve as a testament to our proficiency and unwavering commitment to providing excellent memorial services.

If you wish to delve deeper into the realm of rustic or hand-carved headstones or explore the intricacies of a personalised design, we warmly encourage you to reach out to our approachable team without hesitation. We are here to assist you in every possible way.

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Rustic and Hand-Carved Headstone Materials & Colours

Our collection of intricately hand-carved headstones boasts a diverse range of materials and finishes, featuring specific options that span a rich spectrum of colors and tones.

When it comes to creating handcrafted rustic headstones, virtually any design can come to life with the use of various stone materials. These materials encompass robust choices like granite, which is available in a captivating array of colors.

Conversely, the artistry of hand-carved headstones predominantly finds expression in softer stone materials, such as limestone and sandstone.

Each type of headstone material offers unique advantages, whether it be an appealing visual allure, the capability for intricate carving, or minimal maintenance requirements that define their distinct characteristics.

Popular Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstone Materials

Black granite cremation memorial stone colour

Granite

Light grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Limestone

Dark grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

York Stone

Avon Grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

White Marble

Star Galaxy granite cremation memorial stone colour

Portland Stone

Brown granite cremation memorial stone colour

Forest of Dean Stone

Black granite cremation memorial stone colour

Sandstone

Light grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Nabresina Stone

Dark grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Welsh Slate

Popular Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstone Colours

We offer a wide range of colours and shades, although options will be dependent on the memorial material that is used.

Below you can view an indication of the various colours and shades that are available in our granite and natural stone materials.

Black granite cremation memorial stone colour

Black

Light grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Light Grey

Dark grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Dark Grey

Avon Grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Avon Grey

Star Galaxy granite cremation memorial stone colour

Star Galaxy

Brown granite cremation memorial stone colour

Brown

Bahama Blue granite cremation memorial stone colour

Bahama Blue

Blue Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

Blue Pearl

Ruby Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Ruby Red

Balmoral Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Balmoral Red

Twilight Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Twilight Red

Teak granite cremation memorial stone colour

Teak

Pink granite cremation memorial stone colour

Pink

Emerald Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

Emerald Pearl

Fir Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Fir Green

Imperial Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Imperial Green

Ocean Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Ocean Green

Tropical Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Tropical Green

Yellow York Stone cremation memorial stone colour

Yellow (York Stone)

White sandstone cremation memorial stone colour

White

White Marble cremation memorial stone colour

White Marble

Contact Us

For any queries about our rustic or hand-carved headstones please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below.

 

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Fine-Craft Etching

for Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstones

Elevate the presence of a rustic or hand-carved headstone by embellishing it with carefully crafted etchings featuring images or photographs. This infusion adds character, personality, and an unmatched sense of uniqueness.

Welsh three feathers symbol as a fine craft etching on a black granite stone cremation memorial

Why choose us

for your Rustic or Hand-Carved Headstone

  • Established memorial masons since 1929
  • Ability to create bespoke memorials with unrivalled craftsmanship
  • Nearly 100 years of industry experience
  • The C.J. Ball 30 year memorial guarantee
  • The C.J. Ball price promise
  • Fully accredited by BRAMM
  • A remarkable selection of colours, materials & styles
  • The Memorial Aftercare® service
  • Available home visit service
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Installation

Services

Following the meticulous design and craftsmanship by our highly skilled memorial stonemasons, the next crucial step involves the expert installation of your rustic or hand-carved headstone at your chosen burial site.

Drawing on our extensive knowledge of the cemeteries in and around Barry, we are uniquely positioned to offer expert guidance and recommendations on the most suitable types of rustic or hand-carved headstones for various cemeteries and churchyards in the South Wales area.

When you entrust us with the installation of your rustic or hand-carved headstone, you can find comfort in the assurance that your chosen memorial will be installed with the utmost precision and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to us.

Welsh three feathers symbol as a fine craft etching on a black granite stone cremation memorial

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Memorial Insurance

We offer our customers a low price memorial insurance service called Stoneguard, which is an all-risk policy that covers your memorial in case of damage.

Memorial Aftercare©

We ensure that memorials are always kept tidy and protected against natural pollutants and weathering, giving you peace of mind.

Memorial Restoration

Our team of experienced memorial masons are experts in the restoration of memorials, using gentle yet efficient techniques, all at a fair price.

Home Visit

Our local advisors’ unique experience in memorials provides us with the knowledge to help you find the perfect commemoration for your loved ones.

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Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstone

FAQs

How Do I Choose A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

With so many rustic and hand-carved headstone designs, styles and variations available, not to mention the vast range of stone materials, colours and shades to choose from, it’s no surprise that many customers come to us for guidance and advice when it comes to selecting the perfect headstone to memorialise a loved one.

Many of our customers find that requesting to download our brochure is a great place to start as this provides several rustic and hand-carved headstone styles, materials, and examples to help narrow down your memorial search. Many customers approach us with a specific headstone idea in mind. This could be an idea you have formed in your head or a picture of a rustic or other hand-carved headstone design that you have seen in a cemetery or somewhere online. This is perfectly fine, so rest assured our expert headstone design team and skilled memorial stonemasons can hand-craft just about any bespoke design or idea you can think of.

Browsing rustic and hand-carved headstones at your local cemetery and online, or simply booking an appointment to speak through your options in detail with one of our advisors and to view them in person will greatly help you come to a suitable decision when considering headstone options to help honour and remember the lives of those you love.

With a wide selection of upright headstone designs, styles, and materials to choose from, many customers turn to us for assistance and advice in finding the perfect memorial for their loved one.

What Should I Look For When Choosing A Memorial Stonemason?

When searching for a reliable memorial stonemason, there are several important factors to consider. It’s crucial to assess their experience in monumental stonemasonry, any accreditations they may have, their level of craftsmanship, product quality, and familiarity with the cemetery where the headstone will be placed. Equally essential is feeling comfortable working with the stonemasons to design and create the perfect memorial for your loved one.

It’s worth noting that most memorial stonemasons require a deposit upon placing an order. Therefore, it’s essential to have confidence in the stonemasons’ ability to complete the work and remain in business to avoid losing your deposit. Opting for an established memorial mason directly, rather than going through a middleman like a funeral director, can also help avoid additional costs.

Ultimately, selecting a reputable and well-established memorial stonemason will ensure peace of mind and guarantee that your loved one’s memorial is crafted to the highest standard.

Can You Help Me Choose A Rustic or Hand-Carved Headstone?

We can certainly go through your options in great detail to help you reach a decision on which rustic or hand-carved headstone you should choose. We can highlight the benefits of different soft stones that are more suited to hand carving, show you a variety of rustic headstone styles and designs that meet your requirements, and discuss the range of detailing options that are available for each particular headstone.

What Is The Best Material For A Hand Carved Headstone?

The best material to use when crafting a hand-carved headstone is a soft stone. Most hand-carved headstones are crafted using limestone or sandstone as these stones are much softer and far easier to carve than harder stones such as granite. Which stone material you should choose will come down to the type of colour, tone, and texture that best suits your taste. The location the headstone is to be installed in should also be taken into consideration as softer stones are more prone to deteriorating faster in certain environments. That isn’t to say that certain stone materials should be immediately ruled out based on where it’ll be installed (such as underneath a tree where the memorial may be prone to falling leaves & debris during certain seasons), but that you may want to take into account the upkeep of the memorial – there are memorial aftercare services available you may want to consider to ensure the headstone is kept in the best condition possible throughout the year.  

Alternatively, we are able to offer a wide variety of rustic-inspired headstone designs that can be crafted from the more durable granite stone.

Are Rustic & Hand Carved Headstones Available In Different Colours?

Hand-carved headstones that are crafted from a softer stone, such as limestone, sandstone or slate will only be available in the natural colour of those materials – as the headstones are crafted from naturally sourced stone materials, each headstone may differ slightly from the next with its unique tone, texture and patterns.

We do offer an endless range of headstones with a rustic design that can be crafted from granite, and we can create a bespoke rustic design for you if required. As granite is available in many different colours and shades, it is possible for your granite rustic-inspired headstone to be crafted in any available colour of your choice.

A coloured rustic headstone allows one to honour their lost loved one in a way they see most fitting. Perhaps in a favourite colour, or because they want something that isn’t as sombre as the typical black or grey headstones.

Cemeteries and churchyards have different rules and regulations with regards to what they allow within their graveyards, so it’s always worth checking what their stance is with headstones of different colours and materials to ensure your rustic headstone choice won’t be rejected by them.

How Long Should I Wait Before Getting A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

In the vast majority of cases the answer is yes. Our memorial stonemasons are very experienced and highly skilled, so we are able to meet bespoke requirements and recreate any kerb set design for any grave dimensions. Simply provide us with an image and/or an idea of what you are looking for, and we will do our very best to help.

Can I Choose A Rustic Headstone Design That Isn’t In Your Brochure?

In the vast majority of cases the answer is yes. Our memorial stonemasons are very experienced and highly skilled, so we are able to meet bespoke requirements and recreate or hand-carve any headstone design. Simply provide us with an image and/or an idea of what you are looking for, and we will do our very best to help. Many people choose a rustic or hand-carved headstone as they want the memorial to be truly unique and different from others, so this is something we fully understand and would be more than happy to discuss with you. Alternatively, you may want us to replicate a rustic or hand-carved headstone design that you saw elsewhere and really liked and this is something we can also easily accommodate.

How Long Does It Take For A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone To Be Made?

The design and creation of any headstone, be it hand carved or machine cut, and the engraving of its inscription is a highly skilled process. This means we can expect it to take some time before any rustic or hand-carved headstone is complete following the order – certainly several weeks, and perhaps months. The timeframe will also depend on the current demand and accessibility of the stone material you choose, so for a more accurate answer you will be best served asking for an up-to-date estimated lead time at the time of order.

Can I Add Something To An Existing Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

Yes, you can certainly add something to any existing rustic or hand-carved headstone. This could be a special design or etching, or an additional inscription or change of font. Whatever it may be, we can discuss your requirements and confirm what headstone amendments can be carried out depending on your particular memorial and the stone it has been crafted from.

What Is The Average Cost Of A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

The truth is, there really is no accurate average cost of a headstone, regardless of whether it is hand carved or specifically crafted into a rustic design. This is because each headstone is unique, and the cost will vary based on the material, size, headstone type and more rather than just labour involved. For an accurate quote, we would advise you contact a representative so that we can take the specific details you require beforehand.

One thing we can confirm upfront is our price promise – we are confident that our prices are the most competitive around and offer a discount should a customer find the same quality product elsewhere, so long as it’s supplied by a recognised and reputable memorial mason or funeral director.

Do You Offer A Guarantee With Your Rustic or Hand-Carved Headstones?

Certainly, all of our rustic or hand-carved headstones as well as any other type of memorial come with our 30-year guarantee.

Do You Hold Any Memorial Accreditation?

Yes, we are BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons) approved, and a registered and fully licensed memorial mason with nearly 100 years industry experience having first established ourselves way back in 1929.

Can I View Proofs Of The Headstone First?

Prior to production, we can supply you with design proofs of the rustic or hand-carved headstone. In the event that you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the design, we can modify the layout or style until it aligns with your specifications. We recognise the importance of crafting the perfect rustic or hand-carved headstone for you and your loved one and are dedicated to collaborating with you closely throughout the entire process.

Do You Ship Headstone Orders Overseas?

We have experience in shipping memorials overseas, but it’s important to note that there are additional expenses involved. These may include specialised packaging, insurance, and taxes or fees.