Peterborough Marble & Granite celebrate 170 years

  • A drawing becomes reality. Staff photo by Walker John—

  • Peterborough Marble and Granite Works Staff photo by Walker John—

  • Peterborough Marble and Granite Works Staff photo by Walker John—

  • The Peterborough Marble and Granite Works team: Broderick Kaufhold, John Kaufhold and Brandon Reis. Staff photo by Walker John—

  • Peterborough Marble and Granite Works Staff photo by Walker John—

  • Peterborough Marble and Granite Works Staff photo by Walker John—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/18/2019 10:11:39 AM

In 1849, Hubert J. Brennan opened a stone carving service in downtown Peterborough, establishing a legacy of fine craftsmanship. His family carried on the legacy for three generations until Hans and Roberta Kaufhold purchased Brennan’s shop in 1958 with the same family values in mind.

Now a staple of the Monadnock community, Peterborough Marble and Granite Works has been providing headstones and memorials for families in the area for 170 years.

The careful craft of creating monuments using only natural materials was passed down to PMGW’s current owner, John Kaufhold, who works alongside his sister, Valli, and his two sons, Broderick and Alex.

Broderick Kaufhold grew up around the family business, picking up the different tricks and methods his father and grandfather used every day. After graduating from ConVal High School in 2005, he decided to follow his curiosity for the craft and joined the business.

“You really have to learn by doing, but the creative aspect is intriguing to me,” he said. “Each one is always different and every small detail changes things.”

Decades of connecting with the community has been an important part of the business for PMGW. Each customer comes with a different story and a unique perspective that can be captured in stone.

The process of creating monuments relies heavily on the customer as PMGW strives to make sure the stone brings out the character of the person or family. Based on an initial consultation, they will figure out what designs need to be incorporated and sketch a first draft.

“This is a life business,” Broderick Kaufhold said. “It’s not like buying a car where the customer knows exactly what they want beforehand. There’s a lot of teaching to do with the customer to make sure we end up with what they would like in the end.”

One of the best parts, the Kaufholds said, is that they will be outlasted by their work, leaving a stamp of history behind for future generations.


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