Jonathan Appell is a professional gravestone, monument and masonry preservation specialist who has been working in related fields for well over 20 years. After attending college and studying violin and cabinet making, he then began working in the cemetery related field, as a modern monument installer and cemetery contractor. In 1986 he founded the New England Cemetery Service, performing excavation, foundations, monument installation and monument restoration. His interest in the historical aspects of masonry and gravestone preservation increased during the 1990s. He attended numerous workshops, conferences and training sessions in many related fields. Extensive reading also enhanced his knowledge base.