We were honored when asked to be a part of the restoration on Saskatoon's oldest Italian eatery in downtown Saskatoon, Taverna Italian Kitchen. This building was built in 1907 and opened as a department store in 1907 with a seamstress above, then opened as Taverna in 1969. Ownership changed hands eight years ago with a menu that's as authentic as it gets! Here they are watching the magic happen in our Stone Carving shop.
Watch Ryan Watson, our Stone Carver & Masonry Designer giving a demo in our Stone Carving shop on our YouTube channel above. Part of this restoration includes this hand carved Indiana limestone sign that reads "agora" in the traditional Greek alphabet with thyrsus detail below. ag·o·ra; the marketplace in Athens, used for popular meetings, or any similar place of assembly in ancient Greece. A thyrsus or thyrsos (Ancient Greek: θύρσος) was a wand or staff of giant fennel (Ferula communis) covered with ivy vines and leaves, sometimes wound with taeniae and always topped with a pine cone.
It's always a real pleasure to work with clients who are as passionate as we are about timeless designs and architectural stone details! Owners of Taverna above with our Stone Carver and Masonry Designer, Ryan Watson. Stay tuned for PART TWO at www.roccomasons.com
Above is PART TWO showing the completion of us restoring this 94 year old gateway post at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon, SK. Click here for PART ONE. In the winter of 2016, the left post was involved in an accident knocking it completely over. Each single block of Tyndall weighs around 450 pounds, so one can only imagine the force it took to bring the whole post down.
Originally constructed in 1923, this is the gateway to the "Next of Kin Memorial Avenue" and the only "Road of Remembrance" in North America. As you look down the Avenue, you will see plaques in front of the trees. Each plaque will have a soldier's name on it dedicating the tree to a soldier from their relative or friend. The post on the right is a memorial for Idella Lyde (1901 - 1921), Margaret Isabella (1904 - 1905), and Florence Marguerite (1895 - 1903) - the daughters of Margaret Irvine and Albert Herman Hanson.
So to say the very least, we were extremely grateful when asked to be a part of restoring this gateway to such history in Saskatoon, in honor of our soldiers.
Rocco Masons was honored when asked to repair and reconstruct this 94 year old post for the gate at Woodlawn Cemetery in preparation for Saskatoon's annual Decoration Day parade and service this June.
Our Stone Carver & Masonry Designer, Ryan Watson is seen here meticulously hand fabricating each pieces of Tyndall stone to perfection! We replaced the damaged stones, and built the post back up again, one 200 pound piece at a time.
Stay tuned for PART TWO featuring this post being capped off to completion and check out our other videos here: ROCCO'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL
For more on the Decoration parade and service we invite you to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-477-6774.
Nothing compares to using real stone, especially when it comes to a home fireplaces. Not only do we use real stone for our fireplace designs, but at Rocco Masons we also incorporate the art of hand carved details, a technique that dates back to the beginning of civilization. This winter our Stone Carver and Masonry Designer, Ryan Watson worked on Designing and Carving three Indiana limestone fireplaces; one for this homes main floor as seen in today's YouTube video, another for the master suite, and of course a third for the homes MAN CAVE.
Today's video shows the strength it took to install our 500 pound hand carved limestone mantel. As you will see things got intense for a second, but nothing our crew couldn't handle.
Last year we started and finished the Masonry work on this homes exterior as shown below, and in last years blog's here: ROCKIN' IN ROSEWOOD and here: GRANDE CHIMNEY.
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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"!