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Local Workshop

Do you want to see how your family's monument will be crafted? Learn how we design, stencil, engrave and polish headstones, grave markers, monuments and gravestones by reading the descriptions below and viewing the pictures shown below.

Krause Monument produces gravestones, headstones, monuments, cemetery memorials and grave markers for Wisconsin families at our local workshop in Viroqua, Wisconsin. We perform our memorialization craftsmanship with incredible care and attention to detail. At Krause Monument Company we design and produce our granite headstones and cemetery monuments right here in our local workshop, allowing us to closely supervise every step of the process. Our cemetery monument designers, artists, stone carvers and granite sculptors understand the significance of crafting the perfect headstone or gravestone for people that earned the timeless respect and honor of their families and the local Wisonsin communities including Viroqua, Reedsburg and Richland Center. Because we have cut out the middle man we can pass those savings onto you, resulting in factory direct prices.

The carving process begins by creating the design in a CAD based software program.  This technology enables us to send a scale drawing of the memorial to the customer for a final review before the headstone is engraved.  Once we receive approval from the family, the monument will be engraved. (See Below)

Before applying the stencil to the memorial, it is carefully reviewed to ensure the spelling and design placement are correct. (See Below)

The rubber stencil is than applied to the granite using both the adhesive on the back of the stencil and a water based glue to ensure it will not move around on the monument during the engraving process. (See Below)

After the stencil is applied to the surface of the granite, the carving process begins by exposing certain areas of polished stone to sandblast in preparation for ornamentation and lettering. (See Below)

The polish will be removed from the monument in the areas where the granite is exposed.  This allows for the lettering and design work to be sharp and easily visible once the headstone is complete. (See Below)

Once the stencil has been cut, the monument is moved into the sandblast booth for engraving. (See Below)

Brian, an industry veteran and 15 year Krause Monument employee, will carefully sandblast your monument to ensure the lettering and design work is cut deep, clean and even, resulting in the best appearance possible. (See Below)

Once the gravestone is completed, it will be cleaned and loaded onto our truck for installation and delivery. 
 If you would like a tour of our shop, stop by our Viroqua office during regular business hours and we will be happy to show you around.

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