While our masonry crew is hard at work outdoors our Stone Carver, Ryan Watson is in the shop carving this 600 pound piece of Indiana Limestone which will soon mark the homes address. Once mounted at its forever home on University Drive atop its brick base, this piece will stand around four feet tall. Stay tuned for the hand carved oak leaf details!
Ryan's story: Ryan Watson was born in 1976 and raised in Saskatoon, SK and has a Diploma in Heritage and Traditional Masonry as well as Heritage Restoration both from Ontario. Ryan was awarded a Heritage Award in the city of Saskatoon, SK for the King George restoration project in 2010. His gift in the art of hand carved stone has been proven time and time again in his work. His carvings adorn buildings from west coast Canada to Chicago Illinois. With over 13 years of experience in the trade, Ryan continues his dedication to the art and provides his clients with the highest quality European craftsmanship and design. He offers inspiration along with his talent to create a design that you will cherish forever.
Ryan Watson, Owner Rocco Masons believes that even though the demolition of the Farnam Block building may happen that the Heritage look and facade of the building could be achieved. With the use of red brick following the same design that currently exists, Limestone keys above the entryways and throughout the design, and perhaps the existing Farnam Block 1912 sign at the top of the existing building hand carved into Limestone. Watson’s award winning hand carved design and masonry that adorns the King George renovation is architecturally appropriate to the 20th century style of its original state in 1910.
Watson is confident that if Lydia’s pub (The Farnam Block) does come down that the public will still be able to admire its new beauty staying true its existing 1912 architecture. To view more of Rocco Masons work please visit the galleries on each of the categories found on our website. Click here to watch the video clip that aired on Global Saskatoon January 20 2015. Video Correction: The hand carved detail for the entryways on the King George was @ $40,000 per entryway.
Ryan Watson, Owner, President of Rocco Masons met with Global TV today in front of the historic King George Building. He gave his opinion on the Farnam Block building (Lydia's pub) regarding it's demolition and how the heritage aspects and detail of the building could possibly be restored on that corner of Broadway Avenue. Ryan Watson has a degree in Heritage and Architecture and specializes in traditional hand carved stone detail. He, along with Meridian Development received a Heritage Award (Sensitive Infill) from the City of Saskatoon for the renovation and design that adorns the King George Building today on 2nd Ave in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Ryan Watson specializes in hand carved stone detail as well as Heritage Restoration & Management. In 2010 Ryan earned a Heritage Design award (Sensitive Infill) for the King George Hotel renovation project (below). If you have a building or project that you're restoring, designing and/or managing and need a Masonry Consultant, Ryan Watson is your guy! His award winning expertise and advise is like no other and his work proves that time and time again.
Nicolene Watson, Co-Owner of Rocco Masons since 2013. "Nicolene is the brains behind the scenes at Rocco Masons. She naturally knows how to run a business. When she wants something there's no stopping her", says Ryan Watson, Nicolene's husband and the companies Founder & President. Since 2013 Nicolene manages the office and directs all aspects of the business including Accounts Payable/Receivable, Human Resources, Web Design, Marketing, Advertising and Social Media. "I finally found my dream career at fourty that fits me like a glove"!