John Scott and I were in Asheville North Carolina last month while attending the annual masonry heater convention. It's a lively town with plenty of artistic influences.
It has very West Coast feel to it. We were there on Earth Day which seemed to be the best day to see Asheville at its ecologically 'trippyest'. We got to hear some great music , see some amazing stone and brick structures and ponder many different life styles.
This sculpture (above) which is right in down town Asheville depicts the two contrasting hard-and-soft aspects of stonework which artisans working with this material need to be aware of and be competent enough to harmoniously merge the two.
Asheville Symposium 04/15/2012
Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting with a group of Asheville
stonemasons and Tomas Lipps, director of the Stone Foundation
(http://stonefoundation.org/) in anticipation of the upcoming
Symposium this fall. Topics we discussed were lodging,
transportation, workshop projects, catering, etc...
We are all very excited to be a part of this event, which
brings stone masons and stone enthusiasts from
all over the world together for education and camaraderie.