Slab Steps

Our current project has been a slow roll because of the weather. We are replacing some old wooden steps in Weaverville. We started a week ago removing the old staircases; there’s also a set on the front of the house. It took us a week to get back there because of the snow cover and low temps. The next Friday we got these two in place and one ten foot wide step laid out front. More snow coming this weekend, so we’ll see when we get back there! Hopefully soon…

Eight feet across, these slab steps are a sturdy replacement for failing wooden steps.

Seating Wall

Things are slow here with the weather, so I’m raiding the archives for older pics that I haven’t posted before (I hope!) This one gets points for greenery and flowers. Ready for winter to be done.

Xylophone Girl

We’ve been finding time to work on the Treehouse Orchestra mosaic, hiding out in the shop on the rainy days that winter brings. The xylophone girl is cut and on the table awaiting detailing, which is when we tidy the fits so that it looks just so, and apply tape to the face of the mosaic for transport and installation.

Here’s the whole piece, laid out on the table. We’re working on the foliage right now. I have to order some background stone for down below; I think it’ll be a white/gray marble.

On the table at the shop

Stepping Stone Path

We just finished this stepping stone pathway in a North Asheville neighborhood, not far from Beaverdam Road. Large pieces of Tennessee sandstone are laid in a bed of gravel. In time, there will be grass growing in the joints.

Large pieces of sandstone from Tennessee makes a stepping stone pathway.

Large pieces of sandstone from Tennessee makes a stepping stone pathway.

Mosaic Update

We’ve been working on the latest mosaic recently, for Larchmont Elementary School, in Norfolk, Virginia. Here are a couple of shots of the work. The tree trunk iamge uses a type of sandstone, appropriately called Teakwood. The girl playing the ukulele is wearing a short made of a marble called Lilac, which has purple veining. It is a gorgeous stone, almost luminous.

West Asheville Stonework

We did this small project in a West Asheville development called Craggy Park. There was a rather ramshackle looking set of steps and stepping stones in the front that we completely revamped.

An entry way in the Craggy Park neighborhood by Hammerhead Stoneworks

This was relatively new construction, so there really wasn’t anything going on around back. There was a deck but it didn’t really have any relationship to the area or to how someone might want to use the space. We worked with Mardi Letson of Gardens by Mardi to redesign the space. We added a small patio and this step that leads into the house. The patio is natural edges, mostly fitted with hammer and chisel. The step contains crisper edges, shaped with a grinder.

A cut stone design at the back entry of a West Asheville home

Beast Wall

I visited the Beat Wall project recently, showing it to a potential client. I like to take people to see old projects because I think it gives them a better sense of what their stone work will actually look and feel like. It’s a more complete presentation than just pictures in the portfolio or a visit to the stone yard, where all the materials are stacked up on pallets or bundled together in shrink wrap.

This is all laid dry and supports a parking area

If you really look at it, you can see the staircase in the face of Beast Wall, though it almost disappears into the same plane in this photo

Salvaged granite oak leaf set in landing at the top of the steps

Made of stone found on the site, which was clearly salvaged from old Asheville walls