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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by willretire@40, Jun 7, 2005.
How did you learn hardscaping?
start small maybe some edging and patio blocks.doing things at home first and then branching out to projects that i could guarentee for others like planting shrubs and flowers. before to long you will be building r.r. tie walls and using pavers.
then you will be ready for the hardscape.
read alot of books, then just experimenting on my own home. Now anything I do I gaurantee for X amount of years. So far ive done everything from lawn installs, to patio pavers, to retaining walls, and next thing Im doing is a roof, in 2 weeks. I cant wait. Ive done ALOT of paver, retaining wall and lawn installs, but never a roof. It should be fun!
father was a stone mason for 30 years. only way to truely learn the art of natural stone is by apprentice...not by ep henry and his fake crap.
#1 working for other established companies with years of experience
reading, looking at pictures of others work, trying different styles and techniques, and one major thing I always keep in mind is that there are always new/different ways to do things, some right some wrong. I always try to be open minded with what I do. Even when you work with different stones it's going to change the way you build/design
The people at EP Henry may not be able to tell you much about natural stone, but they can tell you a lot about the installation of manufactured pavers and wall stone. I guess that makes sense since they sell manufactured products and not natural products.
I appreciate good masonry work as much as anybody. However, dry lay and wet lay are two different animals. I've seen good masons butcher dry lay applications.
We had that exact discussion today Mike. We know a guy who is a hell of a mason laying in mortar but you ask him to do something dry laid and he's lost for some reason.
Motorced, don't see too much for people posting pics of natural stone work on here do you have any pics of your work you can post? I'd be interested to see what type of jobs you're involved in.
I'm known mostly for natural stone, but I love getting a paver or SRW job. My productivity more than doubles!
a current raised patio in progress
TREEDOC1----that looks f-n great. Love that look. Is that a deck on the inside of those stones? or a hottub in there? good lookin work man
pattern flagstone (rectangles) on stone dust base
Thanks for the compliment.