We used two different types of flagstone: Pennsylvania Lilac and Three Rivers. There needed to be a great deal of contrast in order for the hand shape to come through in the end. The two varieties mixed well together as the interior grain of the Three Rivers is purple-ish, not unlike the purple hue of the Pennsylvania Lilac flagstone.
It was a relatively large patio, overall. The project included raised planting beds with drystack walls made of Three Rivers Ledgestone. And there was a long winding flagstone path that went off through the forested back yard.
And one more shot of the patio area from another angle. Notice the rippled texture on the Three Rivers pieces – aptly named.
Sadly, the Three Rivers Flagstone (which is quarried in Idaho, I believe) is much harder to acquire than it once was. Maybe that will turn around eventually, but for now, it’s a rare delicacy.
Happy Spring, everybody!
by Mark Shepherd www.ShepherdStoneworks.com
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