The first time I cut a stone with a hammer and a chisel, I was hooked. It’s now been over a decade since those first hammer swings and not much has changed.
My first job in the stonemasonry trade was as a labourer. From there, I joined a large restoration company. Working on restoration projects including Parliament Hill & The Supreme Court of Canada, I cut my teeth as a proper stonemason and spent hours working with and learning from the most skilled masons in the country.
At the same time I was developing a strong affinity for dry stone walling. Walling shares some similarities with stonemasonry but demands it’s own unique skills. Travelling to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland to work alongside highly skilled master wallers on different geology allowed me to learn the craft at the source.
My work and experience in both the stonemasonry and dry stone walling communities has given me a skill set that allows me to create beautiful, functional and lasting works, in keeping with the best traditions of both crafts.
Tools of The Trade
Select a tool to learn more about its purpose in dry stone walling and stone work.
Vertical Pean Trimming Hammer
Goose Neck Bar
A type of hoisting device that is used in pairs.
Inserted into holes drilled into a stone they rely on the principle of the lever to create a high level of friction inside the hole which prevents slippage.
A valuable tool for the final setting of large stones.
A simple tool, the line pin is an anchor point for string line.
It’s shape allows for secure anchoring between stones.
A hand chisel with a blade like end (resembling a gothic arch) used to split stone and for general shaping.
A hand chisel that excels at roughing out and shaping stones.
The brick hammer is designed to trim and cut brick but it also works well for the light trimming of stones.
The striking end of this hammer is used to strike chisels or is struck with another hammer while the vertical blade is used to split and shape stones.
The masons hammer is a general purpose hammer.
It is used for all around shaping and produces a hammer dressed finish.
The workhorse of the tool set, a bull set is used in conjunction with the quarry buster.
It excels at breaking down and shaping large stones.
Used in conjunction with the bull set, the quarry buster is used to split large stones.
Keep work level and plumb.
With useful angles, the goose neck wrecking bar becomes an extension of your arms while conveniently keeping fingers away from tight spaces.