Sandstone from Tennessee is used for the drystone walls, seating caps, and the majority of the flagstone paving. Rays of Absolute Black radiate from the fire pit to site boulders placed at the cardinal compass points. Immediately surrounding the fire ring, Pennsylvania bluestone and counter top scraps create a celestial design, depicting our solar system from multiple perspectives.
Built in the winter of 2013-14, this is Hammerhead’s largest project to date. Encompassing all of our craftsmanship and aesthetic ideals, it is a community gathering space as well as a beautiful and enduring work of functional art. We confirmed the site layout with a rainbow of spray paint. Construction started with the drystone walls. Mason Gary Wilson works beneath the winter shelter. The gray conduit is for lighting spaced around the perimeter. Culverts are placed in each wall to allow surface drainage to escape the central patio, which crowns in the center at the fire pit. The seating walls are 18” tall. They are built drystone, though the caps are mortared in place for stability. We purchased two slabs of Absolute Black granite to complete the rays that connect the fire pit to the boulders.
Mars and Jupiter, scrap counter tops transformed into planets, float in a sky of Pennsylvania bluestone. The seams that make up the orbit of each planet are slightly beveled; from certain angles, one can see arc they follow around the sun. Pluto makes an appearance in the next segment, as a small icy white orb with an odd elliptical orbit. Over eighty people attended the first fire, a dedication event welcoming a diverse community of spiritual practices to the Sacred Circle. Taoist, Buddhist, Shamanic and Cherokee traditions were all honored.