THE ART AND CRAFT OF LAPIDA MAKING
Most of what we see in our local cemeteries are the flush, flat or lawn-level markers, which are often small and economical. There are the simple ones, which are the most common, that are the cheapest in the bunch. There are also those that are raised a couple of inches off the ground known as raised top flat markers.
This type of gravestone is the simplest to make, but a single gravestone could still run for a couple days’ work because of the intricate and precise system that gravestone makers have. SunStar Weekend jots down the steps in making a flush gravestone.
First, the client chooses the material to be used in making the gravestone. At the Carreta Cemetary, there are three varieties of stones: ceramic tile, granite and marble. Granite and marble are the most common choices. There a many colors to choose from to from black, gray or white and many more.
The stone is then shaped as per the client’s preference. In Cebu, gravestones are usually flat or top raised.
After shaping, it is then polished before the engraving.