Here is one completed Art Deco limestone panel for the restoration of the Chicago Board of Trade building. Walter S. Arnold of www.stonecarver.com carved seven of these in 2006, for a total of almost 50 linear feet. Our Stone Carver, Ryan Watson of Rocco Masons Corporation was honored to give him a hand on this project.
"This project came about for the most obvious of reasons - the building owners neglected basic preventative maintenance, and so they ended up needing a much larger job. They hadn't kept the stone work pointed, so water penetrated the walls, and freeze thaw broke down the old panels. Some of the panels were crumbling, de-laminating, missing chunks. An ounce of prevention was all they needed". says Walter S. Arnold of www.stonecarver.com
Since Watson's adventure to Chicago he's worked on carvings for clients in Philadelphia, South Carolina and throughout Canada to include his latest commercial carvings for the front of the beautifully renovated Taverna Italian Kitchen! For more click HERE!
Our Stone Carver and Rocco Masons Founder, Ryan Watson stands proud with his latest carving out at Cathedral Bluffs, north of Saskatoon. This three piece Indiana limestone address marker was hand carved using traditional tools of trade, some dating back to the beginning of civilization. This three piece stone carving stands 3.5 feet tall at its forever home just outside of the gate of this gorgeous property. Check out the gallery below to see it's progress from beginning to end:
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Our Stone Carver, Ryan Watson's next project is starting to take shape while our crew finishes up our House on Hastings project. Watson works diligently with the Owner/s of each project to come up with a unique and timeless design each and every time. This 4 foot limestone address marker (gallery below) will soon find its forever home at Cathedral Bluffs.
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. Most of his carving tools predate the depression of 1929, most of which have the carvers names punched right into them from over 80 years ago!
Please enjoy the progression of this address carving in today's photo gallery. I also invite you to check out our YouTube channel. There you'll see the stone chips and limestone dust flying while Watson brings each hand carved piece to life. CLICK HERE FOR OUR CARVING STUDIO and stay tuned to see this address carving through to installation.
Scaffold is down and the Taverna building's Masonry facade is a wrap ahead of schedule! This project was by far one of our most exciting projects to date since we had the opportunity to work with Owners of Taverna who hold the same passion and love for historical architecture as we do. Having Strata on board leading the way was also a bonus since their companies core values are much like our own.
Our scope of work included; A brick and Limestone combination on the exterior. Many gorgeous limestone details including numerous stone moldings, dentils, rock faced pilaster bases and to top it all off hand carved 'AGORA'/THYRSUS building signage and hand carved date stone to pay homage to the year the building was originally built. The interior includes a brick accent wall to greet customers as they enter the restaurant.
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 crew today.
Watson's gift in the art of hand carved stone has been proven time and time again with carving projects in Chicago, Philadelphia, South Carolina and all over Canada. 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 by playing a key creative role in designing timeless stone facades on homes and buildings both inside and out. His extensive knowledge and artistic talent in old world craftsmanship offers his clients a unique Masonry Design each and every time. Want Reviews? Go to our REVIEWS page!
For more on this project and about our stone carver visit our website blog HERE.
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"!