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The Art of the Stonemason Paperback – February 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0911469271 ISBN-10: 0911469273 Edition: 1st Edition

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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Alan C. Hood & Company, Inc.; 1st Edition edition (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911469273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911469271
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great informative book.
nathan searer
I highly recommend this book to anybody that is in the masonry field and is looking to expand their knowledge in stone masonry.
brandon
This book is well concieved and written .
F.J.N.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Leonard on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having had an interest in stonework for about 20 years I decided it was high time I try my hand at it. First I built a flagstone path, then some stone piers for a gate, stairs followed and even a dry stone bridge 13 feet wide with a ten foot span. According to the book I was using (by Charles McRaven) I was now a master stonemason. Interestingly, I'd never built a stone wall. Now...the walls for the bridge I mentioned paled in comparison to the arch work. Here I'd built a massive bridge with abutment walls that didn't look right. A couple Christmases ago I recieved Ian Cramb's book and I looked through it and put it aside. Recently part of a boundary wall of the estate I work at collapsed. Instead of rebuilding it in rammed earth as it had originally been built, I remembered Ian's book and I decided to seize the opportunity and learn about coursed random rubble and build the fallen wall in stone instead. I'm finishing this project right now and I can't tell you how invaluable this book has been. What saddens me though is that now I'm aware of so many mistakes I've made on previous projects. Most of you will know that what you build in stone will be a monument to your artistry. You don't ever want to redo stonework. Alas, if only I'd come across this book before. Believe it or not, I'll be redoing the walls on my bridge.

In conclusion, most stone books or videos on Youtube will show people building with stone and making the stones fit any which way. Ian Cramb explains that there is actually a method and specific instructions on setting each stone, that once mastered become easy to use and make your job so much easier.

Thank you Mr Cramb.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F.J.N. on June 9, 2011
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This book is well concieved and written . As a 36yr.mason on a one to ten scale igive this book a eleven. This author is first class mason in every regard. His examples of riser tying together lifts makes all other rubble stone work appear insubstancial.Thank you Mr. Cramb for your excellent contribution to the craft.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nick Speirs on December 23, 2007
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This is an excellent book, a stonemason myself, it really does give a true insight of the art or skill involved in stonemasonary. The illustration are excellent, with several cross sections to show the reader how stone walls are built.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Craftsman on January 3, 2011
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Very complete and informative, down to mortar recipes for different uses. Other books on this subject were not in the same league.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Texas Girl on September 17, 2012
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Well written and well organized. Very helpful if building large houses from stone. To much information if you only want to build a small cabin. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to acquire broad knowledge of stone masonry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brandon on May 11, 2013
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There are so many books out there that try to explain stone masonry. This book has a lot of technical information for historic stone work.
I started my employment in residential and worked into the large commercial masonry and am now self-employed so I understand a lot of the building principles in this book.
I highly recommend this book to anybody that is in the masonry field and is looking to expand their knowledge in stone masonry.
Also another book that I highly recommend so you really understand the principles of stone work is from the Dry Stone Wall Conservancy Dry Stone Walling: A Practical Handbook.
With these two books you can't go wrong all the information is provided
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DocHolliday on February 20, 2014
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I'm not a stonemason nor am I related to one. So when I decided to build a stone wall I needed a resource book that could teach me how to make stone walls. The one kicker is reading is the easy part. Once you get the ideas down the work begins. My first stone wall was a success. This book and a lot of sweat equity was a whole lot cheaper than the going rates of a local contractor.
Overall the book is easy to read. The concepts are easy to understand. I read the book over a couple of sessions and got to work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Xavier Spade on March 19, 2009
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How many other beautiful mediums are as long-lasting as stone. For man, it is as close as one may come to the eternal. This is a wonderful book by a master stonemason. The diaghrams and advice are helpful and wise. I recommend it to everyone who would ply their hands to work in stone no matter what level of expertise they already have.
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