In 2017 I restored a badly damaged and important statue in Cloister Quad of Magdalen College, Oxford. This statue had been damaged previously, and the lower area comprising the plinth and most of the legs had been replaced in a soft Bath stone which had weathered very badly. One of the legs of this previous repair was missing, another was fractured, and the whole lower area was suffering from advanced symptoms of soft limestone decay. It was very dangerous and the statue was at risk of falling. Permission was obtained to redo this previous repair in a more robust material. The stone I selected was Cadeby, quarried by Blockstone.
The statue was removed to my workshop, the missing areas were built-up onto the original base in plaster of Paris, and this was used as a model for reproduction in new stone. The statue was cleaned, other indents and mortar repairs were carried out, and the upper stone was given a protective wash of lime-based shelter-coat before fixing onto the new bottom stone.