D.N. Phillips | My Experience
Based in Hull and covering East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, D.N. Phillips is an experienced monumental mason.
In 1989 at 17 years of age David Phillips started working for his fathers business, Raymond Phillips in Beverley East Yorkshire. David was taught the traditional way (as Raymond didn't have any machinery) by his father and elder brother Steve. He learnt to hand carve letters, renovate memorials, fix memorials and most importantly how to deal with customers needs.
In 1992 David left his fathers business and went to work for his brother Steve and his partner Pat Mercer in Hessle. Further maturing his experience in the trade.
In 1995 David left Hessle Memorials and became a freelance lettercutter, hand carving memorials for monumental masons around East Yorkshire.
In 2001 David then accepted a position at W.H.Newtons in Leeds again specialising in hand carving letters plus gaining further experience learning different methods and showing other masons different ones too. David got taught how to sandblast inscriptions and letter memorials on machine.
In 2003 David got the itch to go back freelance but this time covered all of Yorkshire then in 2006 decided to open the premises on Hessle Road selling memorials to the public whilst still doing work for monumental masons in the trade (which he still does to this day). He then invested in machinery so David will guarantee that he can match any inscription either by hand, machine or sandblast.
Bradford Pals Memorial
For the centenary of the Somme a monumental mason in Bradford asked David to carve an inscription onto a Yorkshire stone memorial to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Bradford Pals who lost their lives in the great war which was then placed near to the Somme.