Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting with a group of Asheville stonemasons and Tomas Lipps, director of the Stone Foundation (http://stonefoundation.org/) in anticipation of the upcoming Symposium this fall. Topics we discussed were lodging, transportation, workshop projects, catering, etc... We are all very excited to be a part of this event, which brings stone masons and stone enthusiasts from all over the world together for education and camaraderie.
Other news is the completion of a drystone retaining wall In Banner Elk. I used a thick TN fieldstone to create a simple stone wall which would blend and harmonize with the natural setting of the residence. The wall is meant to support the foundations of the house which had become exposed by erosion, and to create a path for the owner to access birdfeeders. I also used stones we reclaimed from a small landing and walls to create a simple path of stepping stones.
Franklin Smith, owner Living Stone Masonry and general stone enthusiast