So How Do You Split Granite?

Now this was the fun part. To finalize our work with the granite, we needed to split it to size and slip it into notches that we will make in the upright piece. So here is how it is done. First, we drilled holes into the granite using a hammer drill (kids, don't try this at home). Once the holes were drilled deep enough, we went "old school," placing feather and wedges into these holes.       Using…

Ahhh, The Power Of Car Jacks

Seriously. Without this invention we would not have gotten very far! The challenge for this phase of the sculpture was knowing that we needed to cut into the upright piece of granite in order to slide the horizonatl pieces of granite into it. We also needed to split the horizontal pieces of granite to get them to the correct size. So, by placing these pieces on a system of jacks, we had the flexibility to raise and lower…

Our Next Sculpture

We are on a roll! We have started our next stone sculpture and we could not be more excited. This vision comes directly from Neil's sketch book. This first image shows  the bed where the sculpure will be placed (on the left side). It will have a tall background of hemlocks to both soften it and give a great backdrop.       Our first challenge was to get 900 lb pieces of granite out of the truck…

Moongate Complete

We were inspired to build a moongate on this site because of the placement of existing stones. Our client wanted to extend a garden that we had installed a few years earlier and we knew these stones should be a focal point for the design. And of course, with our new "moongate building" skills, we figured this would be the perfect place to build our first residential moongate. In this scenerio, the existing stones act…

Kid In A Candystore

We have just been commissioned to build our first "residential" moongate.  So yesterday, Neil went to the stone candy store and had a field day picking out bulk stone for the project. Yours truly tagged along and tried to help lift 40 and 50lb pieces of stone -- if only we could have chosen a lighter material to work with! Can you even see Neil in the pile?         The next steps for the…