Here, we carved a recess in the stone to receive the cast iron rosette you see to the right of the carving hammer. Just a little detail that adds a little character to the project.
The rosettes were used as large washers with carriage bolts to hold the stone to the steel frame.
I hated to cut this antique fountain base but the customer wanted to hide the pump and all the plumbing. The base seemed to be the only hiding place but once the basin was sitting on top there would be no access to the valves and pump. So I cut a door into the side.
A peek inside the fountain base at the adjustable valves. Later a pump, filter and drain pipes were added.
The compass is pointing to true North.
Every other stone was left out in the top of this stone arch to allow a little sunlight onto the fountain.
The coping around an old patio had lead anchors at each joint. When I rebuilt the patio with new stone the customer requested we keep the detail of the lead anchors, It is a nice little detail that adds character to the project. (See next photo)
I really like the patina of the old sone and the aged joints but the rest of the patio was in real bad condition so it all had to go.
I really like the detail of the lead "bow tie" anchors tying all of the coping stones together. I have never seen this before. I hope to incorporate it into another project someday.
This swimming pool skimmer cover is made of the same stone as the patio, it practically dissapears into the patio itself.
This fountain base is made of concrete with black color and black "Trap Rock" it resembles weathered black granite. See next photo.
This concrete fountain base looks like weathered black granite and was made to be just a little larger than the feet of the fountain.
A voluted curb made from crushed red granite concrete.
Amazing fossile, a childs handprint in granite.
Must be millions of years old!