STONE MURAL

Posted by on April 16, 2011 with 0 Comments

We started a new project at Lon’s house. Our tasks: to design and construct a stone mural for Lon’s entry to his house on the lake. For this, we required the craftsmanship of Jane Burke, a local artist. This was a long, laborious process requiring many steps, but the end result shows just how intricate and varied stonework can be.

The design was a classic landscape, depicting clouds above a lake dotted with islands.

First,we took picture, Jane made drawings and then Jane transferred them to the template.   Jane made a big template (11′ x 4′) of our design using wallpaper turned over, an ideal material for the project because it is heavier and won’t disintegrate as easily when wet.

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Afterward, she transferred the design onto tracing paper. After cutting out the tracing paper, we then traced the design onto slate and began cutting out pieces for the design.

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Jane cutting slate

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Richard working with the template and then cutting slate using a grinder and a small diamond blade.

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Once all the slate was cut, we brought the pieces to Lon’s house to install in his entry.

In the end, the pattern is striking and clear.

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