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Stone Primer
by Charles McRaven 
 
Stone brings a timeless elegance to interior and exterior design. Stone is both stylish and classic. It brings solid tradition to contemporary settings and adds a flair of minimalism to traditional surroundings. An elemental substance that brings beauty and permanence wherever it is used, stone is at home everywhere.

Charles McRaven, a dedicated stonemason for more than 50 years, brings his practical experience and deep respect for the material to The Stone Primer, the essential guide for homeowners interested in adding stone to any setting, indoors or out. Here is everything readers will want to consider when beginning a do-it-yourself project, hiring a professional stonemason to carry out a difficult design, or simply planning and dreaming in stone.

Know the properties of common types of stone. Choose, collect, and move the right stones for the project. Place them in perfect layers, make them fit with the proper tools, and learn the basics of drystacking and mortaring. McRaven covers it all in detailed how-to chapters, embellished with anecdotes, historical tidbits, and profiles of noted masons.

Following the basic techniques are dozens of projects to browse for inspiration or use as practical guidance. Designs for the home include everything from structural masonry (stone foundations, columns, and chimneys) to interior accents (fireplaces, hearths, floors, and countertops). Landscaping uses include flagstone pathways and patios, several kinds of walls, water features, gazebos, bridges, and even stone sheds and houses. Full-color photographs and illustrations provide how-to sequences for the budding stonemason and inspirational images for anyone interested in bringing the weight and permanence of stone to the home.
Stone Primer
Stone Primer
by Charles McRaven

Storey Publishing, 2007
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