In 2012, five artist groups collaborated to promote an urban art tour in the heart of Saskatoon. Now in its fourth year, Art Trek 2015 will feature nine artist studios and collectives. We were invited to participate this year to showcase the lost art of traditional stone carving.
Stone carving is an ancient activity where pieces of rough natural stone are shaped by the controlled removal of stone. Owing to the permanence of the material, stone work has survived which was created during our prehistory.
Now some history on Ryan Watson, Owner and the Stone Carver of Rocco Masons Corporation:
Ryan was born in 1976 and raised in Saskatoon, SK. He studied for 3 years in Perth Ontario and was awarded a Diploma in Heritage and Traditional Masonry as well as Heritage Restoration both from Ontario. In 2010 he was awarded a Heritage Award in the city of Saskatoon, SK for the stone carving and masonry on the King George restoration project. He has carvings installed on buildings from west coast Canada to Chicago Illinois. With over 13 years of experience in the trade, Watson, continues his dedication to the art of stone carving and provides our clients with the highest quality European craftsmanship and designs.
If you’ve ever been curious we invite you to come down to witness some LIVE STONE CARVING action at our carving shop which is locating in the Lauriston Street Studio’s ( #510 ) from 10am-5pm this Saturday, June 13th. Feel free to forward this on to anyone that you think might be curious or interested in making their residential or commercial project stand out from the rest.
In the meantime check out our website's galleries to see our work, past and present. You can follow us also on facebook, twitter, instagram and google+.
Below is Watson's award winning Masonry and hand-carved detail on the King George renovation in Saskatoon, SK.
Thanks for your time and we hope to see you Saturday!
Nicolene Watson, Owner
Director of Finance & Administration
Our Dakota Dunes masonry crew's been hard at work. We plan to be wrapping up the masonry portion by next week. The architects chose a natural black stone thin veneer which matches an existing storage building. The new clubhouse is going to be outstanding with a picturesque view of the South Saskatchewan river valley.
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"!