Stone Carver and Masonry Designer, Ryan Watson is finishing up this homes hand carved address which will soon fill in the space above this homes doorway. His gift in the art of Masonry design is proven time and time again.
For the limestone lintels and door surround, Watson incorporated a traditional hand tooled "boasted" finish rarely seen in modern stone construction. This technique has been used for centuries to create depth and texture to the stones appearance, one that man made machinery can not duplicate.
Along with Watson's combination of hand carved and hand tooled details, the 3 foot deep limestone caps under the windows, and the precision of our Masonry crew makes this home one worth seeing in person.
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"They don't build em' like they used to, but we do"! -The Watsons
Ryan Watson was born in 1976, was raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is proud of his prairie roots. He's a natural born artist in a trade that dates back to the beginning of civilization and uses the most modern tools to promote one of the oldest trades. Watson received a Diploma in Heritage and Traditional Masonry as well as Heritage Restoration, both from Ontario. From there he formed a Masonry company specializing in hand carved stone and restoration. In 2010 his company received a Heritage Award in Saskatoon for the hand carved entryways and Masonry work on the King George Hotel restoration project and continues to run a Masonry crew today.
Watson's gift in the art of hand carved stone has been proven time and time again. His carvings adorn buildings from west coast Canada to Chicago Illinois. With over 16 years of experience in the trade, Watson continues his dedication to the art by providing his commercial and residential clients with inspiration and an end-product unlike any other. He's keeping history alive in Saskatoon by playing a key creative role in designing the facades on homes and buildings inside and out. His extensive knowledge and artistic talent in old world craftsmanship offers his clients a unique Masonry Design each and every time.
Watson and his business partner and wife Nicolene Watson take pride in offering their clients a superior customer experience, a fair price for quality workmanship while meeting deadlines. It is their mandate to work for their clients how they would want a company to work for them.
While our Stone Carver & Masonry Designer, Ryan Watson finishes up installing two hand-carved columns on University Drive, our crew is hard at work installing limestone on yet another Sask Crescent home.
This homes Masonry Design was designed by Watson, and will include a hand carved limestone entryway with address.
Seen here is Logan Forbes and Marty Doyle hand tooling this homes limestone lintels. They will be installed above the windows and around the home at either side of the entrance. For more updates on this homes progress follow us here, on facebook, or instagram and every other social media outlet.
Our site crew may have been rained out today but the carving continues inside our Carving shop. Stone Carver and Masonry Designer, Ryan Watson is seen here carving out the final stages of the capstone for the second column.
Each column is made up of 19 hand carved individual pieces using various chisels driven by either a pneumatic (air driven) hammer as seen above, or hand mallet and chisel. Once complete these two columns will stand proud at the entryway of our latest project on University Drive as seen in the gallery of our previous blog.
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"!