We're so excited to share the opportunity we had to be a part of this years Spring issue of Saskatoon's one and only Home Magazine. A huge thank you to Amanda Soulodre, Owner & Publisher, for recognizing that we had a story to tell. Our story paints a picture of how Rocco Masons has revived the dying art of Stone Carving right here in our lovely city! For our full story < CLICK HERE > and to get your hard copy which hits the streets next week < CLICK HERE >.
Here is the completed stone entrance to our Akl project located in Saskatoon, SK. This Falls Creek stone spans from this homes floor right up to its 20 foot ceiling and runs 20 feet across. All outlet surrounds are hand crafted out of limestone as seen in the top left photo. The bush hammered lintel above the doorway is also in limestone (bottom left photo).
The second level features a fireplace using the same Falls Creek stone. The focal point of the main floor is a custom designed, hand carved, Indiana limestone fireplace, as seen in our previous blog.
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Since we can't invite everyone into our carving studio, we welcome you inside through our Youtube channel. Ryan Watson shows how a rectangular piece of limestone becomes the leg of a stone fireplace.
Here he is using a pneumatic hammer as opposed to a mallet. The pneumatic hammer dates back to 1880 and helps to speed up the process. The chisels used are the same, but the difference is that in the same amount of the time it takes the pneumatic hammer to produce 100 small strokes, the hand mallet produces around 10 strokes. Watson continues to use hand mallets when working on the more intricate areas of his carvings.
Stay tuned for another session where Watson will move onto the rosette detail at the top of each fireplace leg.
The second leg of our limestone fireplace is well underway. Ryan Watson is seen here removing bulk using a claw chisel and a 1" flat chisel that's powered by a pneumatic hammer. Stay tuned for more action packed carving videos along the way.
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"!