Who is the Stone Carver?
Ryan Watson was born in 1976, raised in Saskatoon, SK, 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, Stone Masonry and Stone Carving.
In the late 90's Watson received a Diploma in Heritage & Traditional Masonry and Heritage Restoration, both from Ontario (pictured here). From there he formed a Masonry company in Saskatoon specializing in hand-carved stone and restoration. In 2010 Watson received a Heritage Award from the City of Saskatoon for the historical design of his hand-carved entryways on the King George Hotel.
Watson continues to run a successful Masonry business named ROCCO MASONS with his business partner and wife Nicolene Watson, Director of Finance, Marketing & Human Resources. Together they're a match made in heaven both personally and business wise. Their company is sought after for offering Stone Carving & Masonry Design services from both Commercial & Residential markets, being one of the few Masonry companies that offer these services. Watson uses his extensive knowledge and experience in the trade to offer superior Masonry Consultation’s working closely with Builders, Designers, Architects and Owners. In doing so, their company produces some the most exclusive Masonry Designs around.
A few projects to date include the Timber Pointe building behind Earls, the recently renovated McDougal Gauley building on Broadway (now Una + Pizza, Freshii & Ryde YXE), and we can't forget to mention the award winning Stone Carving & Masonry currently on the King George Hotel. Some residential works include Stone Carvings and Masonry for many homes on Sask Crescent and University Drive including the Historical Hopkins House, which will is currently featured in Saskatoon’s Home Magazine, winter edition.
Currently, Watson's been in their carving shop full time and at the halfway point carving a family crest in limestone that will be installed above a fireplce. Stay tuned for photo's on this project and more and be sure to find us on all social media outlets including our YouTube channel! #tbt
Cheers, Nicolene Watson - Marketing Maniac
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"!