July 1, 1991
Basic tools produce a quartzite surface that's easy on the toes.
July 1, 1990
The drawing below shows my method for replacing a broken roof slate. Unlike the traditional repair method that is usually performed in our part of the country, this technique leaves…
March 1, 1989
If you need to remove a piece of wood that has been put down with mastic, take a single-strand guitar string and attach each end to wooden handles. Insert the…
November 1, 1988
Master the basics and gravity will do the rest.
March 1, 1988
With the materials already delivered and paid for, why not use them?
Like Benny Soto (see From Boulders to Building Blocks), I use steel wedges to split sandstone boulders into building blocks. But our leafy groundcover sometimes makes it tough to find…
November 1, 1986
How a traditional stonemason quarries and dresses sandstone.
July 1, 1986
To keep waste to a minimum when I lay a floor of irregular flagstone, I first lay the large pieces of stone without cutting any of them. Then I try…
July 1, 1985
Save your mortar for pointing, bed your stones in concrete, and remember there's no substitute for gravity.
People who have worked with roofing slate know the value of a good slater's hammer for punching, breaking and trimming brittle slates. After using a traditional slater's hammer borrowed from…
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