Sunday, December 30, 2012

Old Yankee Stone Wall and Steps

Here is a great example of stone steps integrated into a stone wall by Old Yankee. Beautiful work.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Unique Stone Homes

#1 This stone house in Spain consists of a roof, windows, door, and chimney between 2 large boulders. You won't get more stone in your home than this one.
#2 This beautiful stone house in Stevensville, MT was built by Peggy Steffes, an incredible stone mason. There are several arches in this home with a full arched entryway where 4 arches come together.
#3 This rock home in Spain is nestled in the country and made completely of stone, even the roof.
#4 Nice little stone cottage in Michigan.
#5 This was a cool stone house we came across in Buenos Aires.
#6 Rocky Retreat Villa in Mykonos, Greece is a holiday home that offers 2 private pools. The architecture of the Rocky Retreat Villa is built with a collection of stones which makes it look very unique.
#7 Baha Stone Tower House This unique rock house is old school.
#8 Stone Tower House in Georgia We are not sure whether this was built or just an architect rendering, but needless to say, super cool rock house with many windows.
#9 Beautiful granite house in Washington.
#10 Maplehurst Mansion
#11 Tor House
#12 Prospect Tower Approached down an avenue of walnut trees, Prospect Tower sits at the edge of Belmont Park and has glorious views from the upstairs lounge. Accommodation is simple but elegant - a bedroom on the ground floor with shower room, and a lounge above with small adjoining kitchen, joined by a spiral staircase. An open log fire makes this an ideal retreat, perfect for relaxing after a healthy walk through the countryside.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ancient Stonework

It is truly amazing to see some of the ancient stonework like on easter island or down in Peru. How in the world could primitive people with primitive tools move such large stones and build walls with such precision. It really defies logic and reason. And the pyramids of Egypt as well are an incredible marvel of stone masonry, yet truly unbelievable that they built these with primitive tools. The biggest of the stones below in the picture is estimated to weight 700,000 lbs. WOW!!!!
Click Here For More Info on Megalithic Building.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Stone Trees

We are getting some cool ideas for some stone trees this summer. John Shaw Rimmington and Scott George have built some cool ones up north.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Great Stone Castles

Stone castles were defensive and could survive attacks by fire. The thickness of the walls served as a defense against weapons. The high walls also gave their archers a big view. These are some of the military reasons castles were built from rock.

They were more permanent than wood and if built correctly, stone castles would last hundreds of years. And obviously they were so grand, that only kings could afford them.

The disadvantages to stone castles were they were incredibly expensive and time consuming to build. Many medieval castles took years to build. The manpower to build these stone high rises was astounding to say the least. Click Here For More Stone Castle Information.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland

The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland kicks ass. They know how to lay a mean wall. Their work is beautiful. They do some BIG walls too. They did one 12 ft high recently which had a 4 ft base.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Stone Art on Facebook

We are pretty impressed with some of the work these guys have done. The sitting area they created out of stone on their home page is superb. Check out stone art photos for some great ideas on stuff to build out of rock.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dry Stone Conservancy

The Dry Stone Conservancy (DSC) is known for its preservation and restoration of dry laid stone structures and promoting the ancient craft of dry stone masonry. They build and rebuild stone projects around the country. They also provide career certification levels for stone masons: drystone mason, journeyman mason, and master craftsman. Click Here to see pics of some of the DSC stone projects.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Very Cool Stone Truck Built by Chris Millers

I came across this today surfing the web and was blown away at the combination of stone mason craftsmanship and artistic ability. Once the Great Wall of Stevi is done, we might build a car or truck. Rock Truck