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Stone Primer: Ideas and Techniques for Incorporating Stone in and Around Your Home

Stone Primer: Ideas and Techniques for Incorporating Stone in and Around Your Home

by Charles McRaven
     
 

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Add touches of durable elegance to your home and yard. This introduction to stonemasonry covers everything you need to know to plan and execute a variety of stonework projects that range from a simple countertop to a complete stone shed. Learn how to choose the proper stones for each project and what tools you need to shape and fit them properly. With stunning

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Add touches of durable elegance to your home and yard. This introduction to stonemasonry covers everything you need to know to plan and execute a variety of stonework projects that range from a simple countertop to a complete stone shed. Learn how to choose the proper stones for each project and what tools you need to shape and fit them properly. With stunning photography and profiles of master craftsmen, Stone Primer is both a practical handbook and an inspirational guide for the budding stonemason.

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“Handsomely illustrated with drawings and photographs that include the work of prominent craftsmen and women, this book provides its readers with the knowledge to create basic stone structures and critique the work of craftsmen.”

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Stone Primer offers both ideas and guidance to homeowners interested in utilizing stone, indoors and out.”

Michigan Gardener

“…illustrates the inspirational and practical ways to build with stone.”

Home & Design Magazine

“Stone is a common material that can create things of uncommon beauty. Charles McRaven celebrates the artistry behind those accomplishments in Stone Primer.”

Akron Beacon-Journal

“McRaven offers the guidance you need to make your stone dreams a reality.”

Countryside and Small Stock Journal

With a very insightful discussion on types of stone and its properties, [Stone Primer] is peppered with great tips and insights.”

Library Journal

“There’s subliminally appealing about a first-rate book on stonework, and Stone Primer is just that….Stone Primer is an uncommon find.”

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Library Journal

Many are drawn to the natural beauty of stone, from rough field stone to polished flagstone. McRaven, stonemason and author, draws on his love of the material to showcase good stone projects in the home and garden. With a very insightful discussion on types of stone and its properties, the author inserts a lot of personal stories into the text. The photos show many potential uses, but the book tends to meander, and instruction is sometimes inconsistent. Projects include paths and flooring, outdoor ornamentation, and such structures as walls and chimneys. The book is peppered with great tips and insights, but overall instruction suffers. Cody Macfie's Getting Started with Mortared Stoneworkhas more step-by-step instruction, but it is also more specific and has fewer inspirational pictures. Recommended for larger collections.


—Karen Ellis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580176705
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
07/30/2007
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,096,624
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Charles McRaven is a stonemason and blacksmith, nationally known for building and repairing dozens of stone structures and log homes. He has written extensively on stone, including the books Building with Stone and Stonework, and articles for Country Journal, Fine Homebuilding, and many regional magazines. He lectures and conducts workshops and private courses in stone construction. Charles lives in Virginia.

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