Stonefest 2012 is Underway

Stonefest 2012 arch

I had to stop off at Marenakos Rock Center for some fireplace stone today.  Stonefest 2012 was well underway, as you can see in the photo.  They are in the process of continuing the dry-stone walls that were begun last year under the tutelage of Mr. Patrick McAfee of Ireland.  When I arrived, I popped into the sales office/stone emporium to talk to my rep, and walked in right in the middle of Patrick’s audio/visual dissertation on stone wall construction.  Though I was in a hurry, I had to sit and take in some of the immense wisdom on display along with 75-or-so other rock-heads.  I really wish I could have stuck around longer.

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Here is Patrick McAfee instructing a student on the correct way to shape a piece of limestone.  According to the Stonefest literature, “Patrick was initiated into the world of stone when he began apprenticing with his father 44 years ago. He worked for a number of years in Australia and also studied traditional methods of working with stone and lime mortars at the European School of Conservation at San Servolo in Venice. He now divides his time running training courses ranging from professional stonemasons to career development training for the unemployed, engineers and architects and as a restoration consultant throughout Ireland.”  You can find out more about him at http://homepage.eircom.net/~mcafee/.

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Someone built this gorgeous but temporary arch as part of the festivities.  If you would like to attend future Stonefest installments at Marenakos Rock Center in WA, I highly recommend it.  The website is http://www.stonefest.org/.

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by Mark Shepherd   www.ShepherdStoneworks.com

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