We are installing rays of black granite that connect the fire pit to the four boulders. We’re cutting down slabs of a counter top material called Absolute Black. It has a leathered finish, so that it’s not slick when it gets wet. The rays are a design feature that focuses energy and attention of the center as well as create a path from the entryways- which are immediately next to the boulders- to the fire pit itself. I am cutting each one to marry to the boulder cleanly. It’s a fun and dusty pursuit. The rays run right up to the fire pit, but are held back a quarter inch, to allow the metal ring to expand when in use. I’m not even sure that’s a risk considering how thick the metal is, but better safe than sorry!
There are two culverts like this built into each section of wall. If the boulders are located at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, the culverts are placed to fill out the clock’s face. They allow surface run off to escape the central patio area during a gullywasher. Plus, I think they look super cool!
The outer path is three feet across. In this image you can see the suggestion of the outer path, two rays and the patio taking shape. Progress has slowed a bit with the holidays and some cold, cold weather. A design for the center is well underway and I’ll be buying some capstone material soon, so we’ll be ready to make hay when the sun shines.