are extremely happy with Richard's work on our fireplace
and chimney. He is conscientious, thoughtful, and strives
for perfection. We highly recommend him for any masonry
and Karen Wilson,
County Parks contracted with Richard Gambino Stonemasonry
to install a stone surface around the base of our monument
at the top of Mt. Pisgah. We needed a surface that would
handle the thousands of visitors we receive each year
and at the same time fit the natural setting. Richard
did a great job of blending the stonework into the site
to meet our functional and aesthetic needs."
Park Planner, Lane County Parks
Gambino , stone mason, recently completed three mortarless
basalt garden walls for my residence totaling 110 lineal
feet, as well as some stone steps. I want to commend
his performance on every aspect of the work.
committed to a fixed price and time for the project,
was always prompt in arriving at the job site, and worked
consistently to meet his projected completion time.
He followed instructions well, and provided feedback
from the standpoint of a craftsman. The overall quality
of the stone walls and steps is superb. I am very satisfied
with Richard's work as well as his cooperative attitude
toward the project, and I recommend him highly for similar
Gambino has proven himself to be a stone mason a cut
above the rest. I was grateful for his talents and sensitivity
when he was employed to build a memorial stone bench
for the Mount Pisgah Arboretum and a stone base for
a sighting pedestal on Mount Pisgah’s Summit.
of these projects were memorials for the loss of loved
ones requiring sensitivity to the special wishes of
the donors. These projects needed a mason able to design
and construct structures
suitable for the natural beauty of the park and sturdy enough
to withstand the sands-of-time and rigors of heavy public
use. Both jobs needed to be completed on a tight budget
and time schedule. Richard exceeded our expectations on
all counts. I can't think of a mason job large or small
that I would hesitate to recommend Richard for."
Site Manager, Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Gambino is a meticulous craftsman with an eye for detail.
creations in stone are timeless in their beauty and substance."
McGraw, Treeborn Carpentry
Gambino is a remarkable stonemason. His combination of unique
Celtic training, exceptional skill and strong work ethic have
led to his reputation as one of the best craftsmen of any
kind in the Eugene area. He does great work. And he's a nice
guy, easy to have around while the project is underway. We've
relied on Richard to do a variety of projects for us and have
always been delighted with him and his work."
and Jessalyn Starr
first worked with Richard on a large custom house being
constructed overlooking the McKenzie River, about 30
miles east of Eugene. The home was sited on an outcropping
of Cascade range granite, and the foundation excavation
generated an abundant supply of workable stone.
in collaboration with other masons, wove the stone into
the foundation of the house, created retaining walls
that seemed to grow naturally out of huge existing stones
on the bluff overlooking the river, as well as creating
gently formal entry walls that bordered the landscaped
drive. The home seemed to grow out of and be part of
its setting, in a solid timeless way.
Richards beautiful and durable style of laying stone, his
care and sensitivity to detail and craftsmanship, and his
gentle, respectful and collaborative manner of working with
others, recommends him to anyone who demands the highest
quality, and can appreciate it when it is achieved."
William Roach Design
is an pleasant, honest, and hardworking individual
beautiful stone work."
of us involved with the GrassRoots Garden are tremendously
grateful to expert stonemason Richard Gambino, who is graciously
donating over two hundred hours of his time and energy to
build two beautiful stone walls at the Garden. The first,
a mortar-free dry-stack stone wall, is almost done, and it
has already made such a difference in the Garden -- lending
elegance and charm, as well as a sense of permanency and stability.
Its beauty will reward the labor of everyone who volunteers
at the Garden, as well as the parishioners of our host congregation,
St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Both volunteers and visitors have been fascinated as they
watched the first wall being assembled. As an unanticipated
bonus, Richard has become a role model for youths who volunteer
at the Garden, many of whom are in court-ordered programs
or are at pivotal points in their lives. The young people
have vied to see who could choose the best stones and haul
them for Richard, and he has been thoughtful and patient with
them. The young people clearly feel honored to be part of
the process, to help a skilled professional in creating a
work of art.
We are all deeply grateful to Richard for his invaluable gift
to the GrassRoots Garden."
Coordinator of FOOD
for Lane County's GrassRoots Garden
is a good worker. He can formulate the most esthetic way to
put the stones together. I thought it was nice that he allowed
me to put a message for posterity inside the stonework of
the landing for our house.. "
Richard for your wonderful work. Not only is the finished
product exactly what we wanted (and more!), but the process
of working with you was great...you really listened to
what we wanted, and found a way to do it within our budget
and time constraints. And your laid-back, but focused
energy is always a joy to be around. I will certainly
recommend you and your work to other folks.
Blessings to you......Nancy"
Relax Into Healing, Eugene, Oregon
you for your good work Richard. You are a fine craftsman and
a credit to the man who trained you. I hope to have you back
for another project next year best regards."
have had nothing but the highest compliments about our walls
- very solid and precisely built. Richard is very meticulous
and quality minded. Also, we have appreciated Richard's artistic
vision for our unique situation."
wall has transformed our garden into a place of magic."
grew up near the foothills of California where stone fences
built by Chinese laborers speckle the landscape. Now, living
in New Jersey, stone
walls are common in hedge rows between farms. Not one has
ever occurred to
me as "a work of art " - that is, until I first
saw a wall built by stonemason, Richard Gambino, in Oregon.
There it was! Fitted together perfectly as if nature had
hand carved each
stone for its place in his design. Stones arranged so that
differences in color, texture and shape, contributed to the
of the pattern - each distinct, yet each integral to the
Each of his designs, whether a stone wall, a chimney, a gate
or a retaining
wall, express his philosophy of life. And soon you find that
his beliefs, his ideals overtake you as you gaze at his work.
If you can
afford nothing more than a bird bath built by him, it is
investment for the peace and tranquility you will experience
when near his
T. Cross, Ph.D., J.D.
Villa Milagro Vineyards,
Finesville, New Jersey
Gambino's handiwork is a mix of beautiful & sound structural
design that will last way past my lifetime. His years of experience
in stone masonry results in functional pieces of artwork that
blend craftsmanship and artful design within the natural surroundings
of the particular landscaping at hand -- and in our case --
of our house & home. Richard takes pride in his creations
and meticulously works with attention to detail, whether he
is building a set of stone steps, a walkway, walls, chimneys
or any one of his beautiful customized and tailor-fit jobs.
I love his work and would recommend him to anyone wanting
a beautiful, customized job that brings a smile to your face
every time you see it!"
is an extremely dedicated person to all that he does. He is
dedicated to perfection in his life, whether it is something
he believes in, helping others, raising his daughter and also
in stonemasonry. He does excellent and precise work with all
the projects he tackles. He is intelligent, honest, caring,
conscientious, and humorous. "
is a highly creative and skilled craftsman who has dedicated
himself to learning a nearly lost art. He shows great
care and integrity in all that he does."
Assistant to the V.P. for College Operations
Lane Community College
work product is well-planned, solid, straightforward, and
clean, with Animated/Playful aspects. Your style at times
is reminiscent of folk-art. You are an accomplished craftsman,
honest, thoughtful, serious, reliable, conscientious, solid,
supportive, and fair like your work products."
Gambino is not only a very fine craftsman, but also very thorough
and thoughtful. Our slate hearth and our rockwall are
aesthetically pleasing and show a very careful attention to
detail. I would not hesitate recommending Richard to any of
Broker, Barnhart Associates Real Estate