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I specialize in traditional stonemasonry, aspiring to the designs and quality of stone buildings in Scotland and Europe.
My projects include walls, foundations, fireplaces, chimneys, stairs, entries, patios, planters, pillars, fountains, birdbaths, and more. Most of my projects are residential in nature with some special commercial projects. I build with natural stone, mostly from local quarries.
I also include cut and more finished stone in our projects, as well as custom pre cast coping or caps making those projects more interesting and functional, and emulating the traditional celtic style. I am located in Eugene, OR and have been in business since 1991.
A Little Bit About Stonemasonry. Stone work endures, and when built with style and grace, it radiates that for everyone to appreciate for many years. It makes a statement of beauty, permanence, and richness. Stone adds a sense of security and mass to one's home, and therefore the design must be given ample consideration. I recommend that all my projects, exposed to the weather, be topped with a cope because that extends the life of the stonework.
I love building with stone!
It is a primal need I have - to create something beautiful, useful, valuable, and enduring. I love stonemasonry because it is a pure art, because I am involved with nature, and because I take the raw material from chaos to order. It is a magical process - turning a pile of rubble into something beautiful. I have worked with stone since 1991, specializing in the traditional Celtic building method known as Traditional Random Rubble. I have learned on my own with the mentoring of a fifth generation Scottish stonemason and author, Ian Cramb.
After reading several books on stonemasonry, I was impressed by Ian's book. He described a method that has passed the test of time.. "Traditional Random Rubble" is the method with which all the oldest stone buildings, such as castles and cathedrals in Scotland are made.
I was so captivated, that I wrote to the man who worked with this ancient knowledge. I wanted to learn and help preserve this art. To my surprise and excitement, my letter to Ian was answered by the Master stonemason himself! Over the years Ian has taught me much of this craft via long distance phone calls. Five times I have visited Ian and his family to gobble up as much knowledge as he would generously give. To this day I continue to consult with my dear mentor, Ian Cramb.
My skill and appreciation of this art have grown with each year. Every job is unique, having its own challenges, surprises and rewards. As I build, I connect with myself and my purpose in life, looking forward to making each new stone work more beautiful than the last.
When I'm not putting my soul into stonework, I enjoy being out in nature. Spending several days on a backpacking trip is one of my favorite ways to rejuvenate. The Oregon landscape is awesome in every season whether in the mountains, deserts or at the coast.
While I'm on an outdoor adventure or mission I use my photography skills to capture and celebrate the beauty I see all around me. I enjoy sharing the beauty of nature, people, machines and my work. I use my digital camera and computer to make movies and enhance photos of my interests. I especially enjoy spending time with my daughter, Melissa.
Another love of mine is growing organic fruits and vegetables. This is one reason I am donating my stonemasonry services to Food for Lane County's Grass Roots Garden. My stone works are adding to the garden's ability to contribute food and services to the community. Some of my other community projects are at Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Hendricks Park and Buford Park.
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