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The Art of the Stonemason by Ian Cramb. Drawing on five generations of family tradition as stonemasons in his native Scotland, Ian Cramb created this masterful work to pass on his knowledge and experience to craftsmen who wish to learn the ancient, but still necessary, principles of the stonemason''s art. Since original publication 1992, this book has established itself as an essential learning tool for masons doing new construction and also those engaged in restoration of historic stone structures. Beginning with a detailed discussion of building with "random rubble," which is the name for the early Celtic art of building with irregular stones bedded on mortar, the author proceeds to more complex projects such as fireplaces, stairs, arches, bridges and more. There is extensive treatment of various restoration techniques involved with historic structures both in the US and Britain, some as old as 1000 years. In additon the author covers various types of stone, stone-cutting, etc. as well as using tradional mortar mixes, which have demonstrated their utility in stone walls and buildings which have lasted for many centuries. The Art of the Stonemason is profusely illustrated with the author''s meticulous line drawings and photographs. Chapters are;
The traditional method of building random rubble
Tower construction
Fireplace construction
Stairs
Arches and their construction
Building a traditional sow or hunchbacked bridge
Restoration work
Gothic arches at Iona abbey
Stones used in masonry
Cutting stone with handtools
Stone setting
Preserving stonework
Pointing
Mortar mixes
Time tested materials

Softcover, 174 pages, 215mm x 280mm, b & w illustrations, brand new. Check out my other listings for more books Im happy to combine postage where possible. Pickup is at Seddon. Please click here to ask a question
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