Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I know I have stopped thinking with my hands when...

I look at everything that still has to be done rather than enjoy what has already been completed.


  1. John,
    Ref your recent posting in 'thinking..' , what is the background story to this pic? Who is the mason? Are there other pics of the finished wall? That is really tight work and must have taken ages to build - or is stone just that bit more co-operative in Canada?

  2. This is the work of Patrick Callon and his men and some guest wallers including myself and Evan Oxland and Akira Inman. I will post other pics in the future. It is a fairly large project being done out near Chatham Ontario and is not yet completed. This particular quarried dolomite limestone is plentiful around central Ontario and is nice to work with, (very tempting to 'tool' every stone) and can be coursed quite easily. The trick is to try to avoid making the wall look too new or 'manufactured' by 'overworking' the stones and so detracting from the natural shapes and patinas of this lovely material.

  3. wonderful work! To comment on your statements regarding the tooling. The patina on the stone always comes back in a few years due to environmental factors. Thats just the nature of limestone. I find that when you face a stone straight from the quarry it gives the stone a more defined character instead of the flat, featureless, broken off, 'dead' face of the blasted stone. I think clients deserve a nice tight looking wall. I think there is a difference when building a wall that people look at all the time versus a wall in a field for the cows to enjoy. I feel each wall is a great representation of the masons skill that built it.