Matthew Simmonds is a stonemason who carves beautiful designs into stone.
Much of Simmonds' work is inspired by architectural trends of the past.
He says he chose stone as his medium because stone has been used throughout history as a way for mankind to express itself.
"It is stone that is left behind for us to piece together history from. It's the way cultures leave a sign on the world."
Simmonds also says there are elements of history preserved within the stone itself.
"You can see traces of the creatures that have happened upon it over time."
Simmonds has been working with stone since 1990.
His earlier works took weeks to complete.
His more complex work, such as the above fireplace, can take up to a year to complete.
He prefers to cut into marble and limestone.
"These stones allow you to get in all the fine details, but they're not too hard to carve deep into."
Simmonds says his favorite piece is a project called "The Trilogy," for which he had to incorporate elements of feng shui.
His focus with "The Trilogy" was to create a space that allowed energy to flow freely.
Simmonds' work is currently on display at the Islamic Arts Festival in Sharjah, UAE.
Two of the works, "Cube" and "Muqarnas Study" are inspired by philosophies of Islam.
A third work is inspired by Turkish architect Mimar Sinan.
Sinan is considered one of the most influential architects of the Ottoman empire.