It has been a busy few weeks here at Living Stone Masonry. While working on a large project in East Asheville, we were contacted to help out with the restoration of the Vance Monument in Downtown Asheville. I jumped at the chance to be involved with restoring one of Asheville's most notable stone structures, and we started the next day.
The work we were hired to do was a very important part of the restoration work; its called repointing. Over the years, maintenance of the monument was neglected, and water and time were starting to cause serious damage to the appearance and strength of the monument. We started at the top of the scaffold and worked our way down, chipping out almost all of the joints, placing new mortar, and ensuring that it cured properly.
One of the hardest parts of the job was moving the platforms of scaffolding down as we went. We had to leapfrog the platforms to stay on track with our schedule of chipping out, placing, and curing the mortar. Any disruption in the weather could have meant that we wouldn't have finished on time, but thankfully we had perfect weather and everything went smoothly as planned!
We enjoy historical restoration projects and look forward to doing more. It is a special thing for us to be able to connect to the stonemasons of history, and restoration work is probably the closest we'll get to building something of the magnitude of the Vance Monument.
Upon we finishing our work at the Vance, we left immediately for Vermont and stonework certifications through The Stone Trust. More on that later, but Josh and I are both level II DSWA and instructor certified, so stay tuned for workshop info, and a blog about our experience in Vermont!
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Franklin Smith, owner Living Stone Masonry and general stone enthusiast