"Last year my family lost our youngest boy, my little brother Jacob to a long battle with cancer. Obviously this was the most heartbreaking experience of our lives, but through Willow Barrow (where we have chosen to rest his ashes) we were able to meet Francis of ‘Francis stone design’ to create a stone carving for the front of Jacob’s Niche. We came to Francis with a strange design which perfectly suited Jacob and he had no objections whatsoever to our idea and in fact researched where we got the idea from. I had many email conversations with Francis discussing each stage of the design and process and he was very informative.
Francis was warm and welcoming as soon as we met him, he is extremely professional as the same time as being kind, patient and very talented at his craft.
And the best bit? The finished product is better than anything we could have imagined, it’s just stunning.
My family are over the moon with Francis and the stone he carved for Jake, and we know that wherever Jacob is now, he’s smiling at how beautiful and one of a kind it is.
Thank you Francis, we will always be grateful for your dedication to your service, and your stunning work."
"Such a good experience with Louis. He made 2 pet gravestones from beautiful Derbyshire stone. Louis is the most lovely person to deal with and works from Milton Keynes. He has an extensive knowledge of stone and his work is faultless. He is clearly capable of so much more than what he did for me, and yet even though my job was small, Louis took the time to meet with me and to make sure that he met exactly what I was after. He is also very up front if he has other jobs and when to expect delivery which I appreciated. Thank you Louis for making such beautiful headstones for 2 very beloved and naughty terriers."
Karen, Milton Keynes
"From start to finish nothing was too much trouble - The quality of the stone and the attention to detail thus ensuring what you receive as an end product was absolutely fantastic - Especially given that this was a difficult period - so for that to be taken away and managed was just all part of the excellent service I received. Thank you Louis"
Paul, Milton Keynes
"Just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful memorial stone you did for our Dad. It really is a fitting tribute to him. Absolutely stunning piece. Thank you for all the hard work you put in to it. Really is a work of art! I know my Dad would have loved it as much as we do"
Tanya, Milton Keynes
"We asked Louis to design and produce a special present for a lady who loves her garden but who has ‘everything'. He came up with some lovely ideas and gave advice on suitable options. He stayed in touch, sending through photos of the beautiful piece of stone he’d found and a mock up of our engraving for approval. The piece was finished and delivered on time and the lady in question was delighted! (She's going to contact Louis to have another piece made for the front of her house.) Highly recommended. Thank you Louis"
"I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful stone front you carved for my late husband. Many thanks for your help"
"Louis made an exceptional job of renovating and re-setting our parents' Memorial stone, under extremely poor weather conditions. He removed it from the church yard, renovated it with precision in his workshop and replaced it in a timely manner, when weather conditions permitted. It was great doing business with him and we would highly recommend his work."
Richard and Anthea, Milton Keynes
December 2016 "Louis helped design our modern but timeless house sign. Communication was brilliant, receiving picture and progress updates. Delivered exactly on the day agreed when we ordered. This is the second sign Louis has made for my family, we will definitely be using Francis Stone Design again in the future. Throughly recommended, totally exceeded our expectations."
"Louis carved the headstone for my mother's grave, and during the whole process, from initial design thoughts to the finished product, we were confident that we were in the hands of a true professional whom we could completely trust. He was always available for advice and the finished product with its complex motif was truly distinguished. We have no hesitation in recommending him to others. It was real pleasure to work with him."
Bill & Win, Buckinghamshire
"I am really thrilled with our new house sign, made by Louis with great precision and attention to detail. I would happily recommend his wonderful workmanship."
Jemma, Milton Keynes
"Thank you very much for our beautiful fire mantle stone. It is stunning, unique and everything we wanted. I will be back and recommending your services to friends and family. Thank you again"
Fran, Milton Keynes
"What fantastic service and quality we received from Louis. He was very careful to keep us informed and took particular care to recommend the best for our son's memorial. His choice of stone and and attention to detail was personal and sympathetic to our requirements. Louis also did all the paperwork that is required, which gave us considerable relief from that chore and potential minefield. Without hesitation we can recommend Louis for anyone looking for that personal, quality touch."
Steve, Milton Keynes
"I cannot recommend the fantastic services of Francis Stone Design enough, I commissioned from Louis a large house name plate which he was more then happy to complete from slate I had provided myself as it was very sentimental. We had thorough communication throughout out the design process and he drew a mock up first which was great.
The final piece was just stunning and my parents were so pleased with such a beautiful gift. Thank you"
"We commissioned Francis Stone Design to create door number signs for us. We specifically wanted a seaside feel to it and true to their word they made the most gorgeous stone house number plates ever. We are so pleased with them.
Louis worked very closely with us to ensure that he understood what we were trying to achieve. So every step of the way he included us in the decision making whether it be shade of stone, colour, font or pictures.
A wonderful example of professional and caring work. Thank you so much."
Carol, Mersea Island
"After seeing some friends receiving wedding gifts from Francis Stone Design... I thought they all are lovely and very personal. When my dearest Mummie passed away, I thought I should request a memorial plaque in memory of my dearest Mummie. I am glad I did! Louis gave out some suggestions during the difficult time, and surprised me with ideas. He kept in touch throughout the process, and when I received it, it's how I wanted it to be. It's now taking pride in the garden along with other pretty flowers. I take comfort in it, seeing it every day in the garden, it get me thinking of the memories I have with my Mummie. When family/friends come around they always mention it. I know if my Mummie was here, she would have commented how fantastic the plaque is. I definitely recommend Louis to anyone. Thank you! 😊" Kimberley, Hampshire
"I have been given the most beautiful house name plaque made by Louis Francis, which sit proudly by my front door. I am thrilled to bits with it. It is stunning and beautifully made and the best birthday present I received. Every time I arrive home it welcomes me. It is a stunning piece of extremely high quality work and I will definitely promote Louis to all my friends."
Pamela Wear - Leigh, Kent
"We received our gorgeous stone carving wedding gift a year ago - we loved it so much that when we found out about francis stone design we wanted one for our front door as well. We wanted something unique so we discussed some ideas of what design we want. Louis was really attentive & helpful then he came up with ideas & designs which very quickly was exactly how we want it! Absolutely wonderful service & now our family are very envious of our front door sign!" Rachel & Andrew, Farnborough
"Visited the grave today, it is absolutely lovely, can't tell how happy I am you have done a marvellous job, thank you very very much regards Angie, happy Christmas xx"
"After coming across this beautiful feature of Louis Francis’ work. I decided to put in an order for a 18th birthday present. As soon as I had emailed Louis – he was quick to reply back to me on how I wanted the stone to be. After a small discussion about the size, font and shapes that could be added to the stone feature. He then quoted me a very reasonable price – an offer I could not refused. After two weeks, my stone was delivered and it was just outstanding. Beautifully carved and made – I was a very happy man. Louis obviously has a fantastic range of skills and I have no doubt that his workload will become more demanding as I believe this is the start of something wonderful.
Fantastic product. Fantastic price. Fantastic gentleman. Thank you. A very happy customer."
"My husband and I received a stone carving for our friends who recently got married as a gift. We wanted to give them something personal and something to keep forever. The quality was excellent, fantastic detail and we were very impressed with it. Our friends said they both absolutely love the gift, goes perfectly well in the lounge. We would highly recommend Louis to friends and families."
Rebecca & Glen, Southampton
"I am now the proud owner of set of completely unique, bespoke, numbered paper weights . Brilliant idea. I can now sort out the chaotic paper mountains in my study into piles ranging from 'urgent' to 'frankly best ignored'! Each one is a tactile piece of slate, smooth as silk and beautifully carved." Greg, Northampton
"I work with Deaffest, the UK's leading Deaf-led Film and Arts Festival and I wanted something original and unique for the Young Deaffest Award. I recalled Louis' talent as a stone-carver, and so I tracked down his website and was amazed at his incredible sculptures/ plaques on his website. I got in touch and Louis generously agreed to voluntarily produce an award plaque, which we are ever so grateful for. The plaque looked absolutely great and professional, and I'm sure the Young Deaffest winner was impressed too! Deaffest cannot thank Louis enough for his time and amazing talent, a superb stone-carver!"
Louise, West Midlands
"I used Louis for the first time this year when we had some weddings approaching. I wanted to be able to give our friends something personalised and meaningful and Louis was able to help with this. I first saw his work 2 years ago and was amazed by the skill and detail put into his art, so I knew he would be able to create a present that would not only be personalised and meaningful but would also be something for my friends to keep forever. Louis kept in contact throughout the process of the piece he made; with designs and when I wanted changes made he ensured I saw the changes. He was able to advice on which fonts were better to use and layout of the words. I felt involved throughout the process and was pleased with the final product. I will be using Louis again and would highly recommend him to all my family and friends. Thank you again Louis!" Laurie, Farnborough
"The perfect wedding gift! Personalised and bespoke, stone carver Louis creates the most beautiful commemorative plaques. The bride and groom truly cherish it."
"Louis was recommended by my son. We have moved into our bungalow at the coast and I wanted a house plaque. I emailed Louis with the name of our bungalow and roughly what size, he sent me a proof over the email. It was so simple no fuss and quick. I am so pleased with the results. Louis is a real craftsman very talented man." Dawn, Hayling Island
"I asked Louis to make a plaque as a gift for my friend's wedding and I couldn't have been happier! He kept me up to date with his plans every step of the way and the finished result is just beautiful; the bride and groom adore their present. Thank you, Louis!"