Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It's what you do with what you've got.

In the early days, before walling had started to catch on in Canada, doing demo arches and walls during home and garden shows often involved us building with difficult-to-use  and thus less expensive rubble stone. We wanted to have walls be affordable.  

Unfortunately this frugality often backfired. Enthusiastic but misguided onlookers imagined these expensive looking garden features that we were painstakingly trying to create with awkward stone were instead, the result of us having been provided high price pre-cut stone material that practically stacked itself. The first thing out of their mouth would be " That's such nice stone to work with. Where's it from?"

Every now and then I look back on those early days and sigh. Things haven't changed much. People still think, if they could just afford the perfectly shaped stone material they assume we're using, the actual building of walls and even arches wouldn't be that difficult for their landscaper or anyone to do. 

I wonder what Van Gogh would have said if someone came up to him and said "Hey, that's pretty good. Where did you get such a nice box of paints from?" 

1 comment:

  1. I like the smaller stone in this application. The stone blends together making your eye take in the overall structure not focus on a few "key" stones ;)