Michael Fannin

Michael Fannin
182 Gulf Rd.
Middletown Springs, VT 05757
[T] 802-235-2412
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As a young man I was lucky to be employed during the 70’s at the once world dominant Vermont Marble Company. There I was trained in the Italian carving tradition by men hired out of Italy to staff the building and monument divisions. Master carvers Francisco Tonelli and Renzo Palmerini monitored my progress. Sadly the company was bought out and decommissioned. Since 1978 I‘ve been self-employed as a stone carver, builder and restorer. I serve the architectural, art, restoration and memorial industries.

When compared to my capable brethren in the Carvers Guild I’d guess that I do more memorial work than most, and I work primarily in marble and slate rather than limestone.

Thanks to the internet, I deal directly with people looking for a custom memorial. They come with their concepts and it is my job to translate these into stone. It is a drawn out process and our relationship can get quite personal, which for me is the best part of what I do for a living. I care about what my clients are going through and I work to produce something that means a lot to them. It’s great.

Around 40% of my business is architectural duplication and restoration. In the past I’ve done a lot of stone construction of all sorts which gives me an appreciation of all aspects of stone application in building. Typically I’ll take casts of deteriorated ornament, remodel it to its original look, and duplicate it in stone. Of late I’ve done quite a bit of this for the New York State House in Albany which is a well known showplace for the old carver’s art.

Also, I’m frequently asked to reproduce in stone portrait models by other artists, and I do portrait work of my own.


“I am a charter member of our Guild and value it because it preserves the lineage of our trade. Unfortunately anyone these days can pick up a hammer and chisel and call themselves a stone carver. We are the real deal as long as we continue to demand of our membership the same high level of skill we now possess. By doing this we pay back the debt we owe our predecessors who trained us and ensure that real stone carving will still live in the world.”