Former level two brickwork student Joe English, carved his way to success when he entered the European Apprentice Class Stone Carving Competition held earlier this year in Freiberg, Germany.
The prestigious competition is held annually in various locations throughout Europe and is designed to showcase the skills and talents of those who enter.
Each year, contestants must complete a piece of stonemasonry based around a set theme and this year’s theme was Flora and Fauna of the Black Forest.
This intriguing theme left the doors wide open but the winning entry of a bear was created by Calderdale’s very own Joe English.
Joe, who previously represented Calderdale College at a Skill Builds competition in Barnsley, sought his inspiration from his father, said: “My dad is a Master Mason so I have been carving since the age of 5. I then went on to become a member of West Riding Stone Carvery Association where I learnt more skills.”
“The tutors were very professional and taught me a wealth of experience which has helped me to establish my own business.”
Joe now runs a building and construction company.