Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2018

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March 2018 25 Overarching Principles Beardsley believes that masonry should complement the ar- chitecture of the house – "two things stimulating each other and accentuating the beauty of one another" – and that the craft comes down to logic: understanding that all materials have a personality and certain attributes that you have to adjust to, in - cluding using different tools. As for technique, "I am creative and can follow the rules and see pretty black and white," he relays. "And the rules with ma - sonry are very clear." Above The bulk of this Gothic arch in Bellingham is Montana slate but the keystone at the very top center, which transfers the load left to right and pushes the weight down (inset), is granite. On the left side of the photo is a smaller arch known as an ogee arch that is constructed of Pennsylvania bluestone. The pavers and accompanying border, which is two-thirds buried, are Arkan- sas sandstone. Montana slate also makes up the steps and walls. When Beardsley trims stone with just a hammer, he prefers to use a 22-ounce brick hammer and a 3-pound mash hammer. Left (A) The Chisel Whizard was developed by Trow & Holden as a different way to hold onto a chisel - getting hands out of harm's way and reducing shock and vibration. Its rubber loops firmly grip the tool handle but still allow for the adjustment of the blade angle. Various sizes are available. (B) The Rocko carbide hand tool was originally a custom request fabricated for a client. Based on traditional European mason's tool designs it features a specially angled blade that allows a more vertical position when striking; reducing the chance of mis-striking the head, offering more con- trol when working on smaller or softer stone. (C) Commonly used for dressing millstones, the wood-handled carbide mill pick is also handy for chiseling lines in stone or trimming edges. A B C

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