Our Stone Carver and Masonry Designer, Ryan Watson just wrapped up this three piece Indiana limestone address marker for a home off Valley Road in Saskatoon SK. 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. The end-product is unlike any other as shown below for his award winning work on Saskatoon's King George Hotel.
He's keeping history alive in Saskatoon by playing a key creative role in designing timeless stone facades on homes and buildings such as the Timber Pointe building shown below. His extensive knowledge and artistic talent in old world craftsmanship offers his clients a unique Masonry Design each and every time. Check out our galleries for more of our work and stay tuned for the installation of the 3 piece redwood address marker, coming soon!
Our Stone Carver, Ryan Watson was honored when asked to take on this project. Watson worked diligently with the home owners to design their very own personalized Family Crest. Watson uses both a pneumatic hammer as well as a mallet and chisel to create all of his hand carved pieces. 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 achieving what you see here. Stay tuned for this weeks progress, installation pics to follow!
Above are some of the chisels Our Stone Carver, Ryan Watson bought while working with Walter S. Arnold on the Chicago Board of Trade building. These tools predate the depression of 1929, most of which have the carvers names punched right into them from over 80 years ago!
The family crest will soon be installed above this double-sided fireplace which we did the masonry for early summer. This fireplace stands at the homes newly renovated grand entrance.
Here is a full view of the homes exterior, a project that we also completed this year. For the full story click HERE!
We're happy to donate this hand carved limestone address marker to the silent auction at this years Boys Lunch Out - better known as the B.L.O., hosted annually by Saskatoon's Progress Club. All proceeds from this very successful event go towards the many charities the club supports such as these: CLICK HERE
What was once a rectangular chunk of limestone took Ryan Watson, Stone Carver & Progress Club member, over 10 hours of carving to transform it into what you see now. This one-of-a-kind piece stands 15 inches tall and is twenty one inches across. The highest bidder at the B.L.O. auction will receive this address marker installed at their location of choice, but not before their address numbers are carved in. For more about our Stone Carver see here: RYAN WATSON BIO
It's always a good sign when client's call you back for more projects year after year. Last year we installed the slate flooring at this homes entryway as seen in the third photo. For the staircase we fabricated Indiana limestone details and capped off the flower box using the same limestone.
Ryan Watson, Masonry Designer & Stone Carver designed the 12 foot pizza oven and fireplace combo on paper, which then became a reality shown in the final photo. You may recognize this project since it was featured this Summer in the Saskatoon Home Magazine: Full Story Here.
This year Watson hand carved and installed a craftsman inspired address carving seen in the second photo, also in limestone thus creating our signature one-of-a-kind limestone vibe.
Stay tuned for updates on our current Tuscan style project in the heart of Rosewood on all social media outlets @rocco_masons.