The North Carolina Arboretum commissioned Hammerhead to design and build a stone mosaic in their stream garden. The stream garden is located immediately adjacent to the Arboretum’s signature quilt garden.
The frog mosaic lines the bottom of a long, man-made water feature and references to two large bullfrogs living in the water feature. Often times they hang out in the storage tank which houses the water pump. The arboretum staff as well as the many school groups led through the garden know the frogs well. Known as ‘Hamburger’ and ‘French Fry,’ the beloved bullfrogs often made their kerlunking sounds as we worked nearby.
While most of the stone is regional, the tympanic membrane is a scrap of countertop material. The eye is a Mexican beach pebble.
Here are some new photographs of the sacred fire circle that Hammerhead completed in January 2014 for clients in Alexander, NC. Over 3 1/2 years later, the space is still well-used and can be viewed from outer space!
The overall design of the Sacred Fire Circle
Google Earth image of the prepped site before we began construction. The little white squares are the first pallets of stone.
The Slippery Rock Gazette recently featured Hammerhead’s Green Man mosaic completed for Green Man Brewery. The article explains in great detail the process of creating the mosaic from the imagineering phase to the finished product. Additionally, readers can learn about why certain stones were selected as well as what a project of this scale entails.
Special Thanks for the Slippery Rock Gazette Feature
We extend our gratitude to Peter J. Marcucci for authoring this feature as well as to Braxton-Bragg, who both publishes the Gazette and regularly supplies Hammerhead Stoneworks with cool tools and cutting supplies.
This is a conceptual sketch of Salmon Falls, a mosaic water feature I’d like to build someday. Water sheets down into a recessed pool at the bottom, allowing people to approach and touch the stone. The stone will be a mixture of textures, rough quarried surfaces as well as honed and highly polished finishes. I imagine the salmon themselves to be sculpted in such a way that they are raised from the flat plane of the wall.
Really, this would work just as well as a dry mosaic, without the added element of water, which would reduce installation costs, maintenance costs and allow more interaction.
A couple of years ago I made a similar koi mosaic that lays flat as a patio.
This past winter I completed a natural stone mosaic called “The Hiker” that now rests over the gravesite of John LedBetter, a beloved husband, father and Scoutmaster who passed a year ago March. In July, WNCW interviewed me about the piece and the story behind it. Check it out! See more images.
Since I founded Hammerhead Stoneworks in 2009, I have been showing my stonework and materials at the Western North Carolina Home and Garden Show at the Civic Center in downtown Asheville, NC. I have shown stone benches and some art pieces. The last couple of years I have shown flagstone patios, including a koi-inspired patio design. Flagstone sections like this are much easier than stone walls to build at my shop and then bring in and install quickly.
This year’s Home Show happened a couple of weekends ago. I drew this sketch of my planned design over the winter and then went to work on it, as time allowed. The plan worked out well, the only major difference being that I had intended a metal table, but built a wooden one myself.
The special stone art piece for this show was “The Sultan”, a mosaic made of highly polished granite and marble scraps and Pennsylvania bluestone with a natural finish. It’s a relatively small piece, at about 11 inches by 17 inches, but it suggests to me the direction I want to take my work.