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S. Jones
11-19-2014, 10:09 PM
A cool thing about living in the same town most of your life as a stonemason is you get to see how your work holds up over time. I have examples of my work in just about every neighborhood/street in the Eureka Springs historical district. When I moved here many of the beautiful walls had fallen down and the rocks stolen so I had to start with new stone which sometimes was a shame and other times better as the old work really wasn`t all that great.

In the next few days I am going to take a bunch of pictures of my stonework around town and post a few here for examples in what I can do for your property/house.

Starting with a small taste of this house. The Eagle Thomas house which I and crew worked on for 10 months completing it in Dec of 2000. There is a lot of work you cannot see from the street on this one, one of Eureka`s crown jewels. Hopefully the owners will let me take pics of the lower walls ..

http://roadtrippinwithsueandsam.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/fabulous-victorian-house.jpg

S. Jones
11-19-2014, 10:11 PM
All of the work we did on this house was built from Indiana Limestone that was all cut and hand pitched. The flat-work was built from Blue Bandera stone quarried in S. Kansas.

Gaylord Wright
11-20-2014, 10:33 AM
You done good Mister Jones. Eureka should be proud of you and your craft. Look forward to more pics.

birdieluver
11-20-2014, 01:07 PM
We really need the back wall by our wood stove covered with brick. Right now it's just that fireproof board. You usually post about doing tuckpointing. Are you going to do brick work now? I believe there is two 4 ft by 8 ft panels that need bricking.

Terry

S. Jones
11-20-2014, 08:14 PM
We really need the back wall by our wood stove covered with brick. Right now it's just that fireproof board. You usually post about doing tuckpointing. Are you going to do brick work now? I believe there is two 4 ft by 8 ft panels that need bricking.

Terry

Yes I can do brick and light stone work like veneer and flat work. I`m just not interested in doing stuff like big gnarly crumbling chimney`s that require a lot of scaffolding work (up and down), big retaining walls with huge rocks and lot`s of digging, working under a house with a foot and half of clearance, and the like though I might be talked in to doing house leveling/foundation repair. There are young guys out there that can handle the heavy labor intensive work. I`m more about using my experience and doing custom work that not everyone can do.

A basic brick only weighs 3lbs lol..I like mixing brick and stone at times in a tasty fashion.

Is there adequate support under where the panels are to be?

You can call or message me. I have a couple of small jobs to do but they won`t take long.

My phone is also having issues so if you call and I don`t call back or answer please try again or message me here for my e-mail address.

Thanks.

S. Jones
11-20-2014, 08:23 PM
Front wall at the Chrystal terrace after the coach house fire 1996. This was a case of the wall falling down years prior and the stone being stolen over the years. Tod hauled much of the stone for this one and the capstone came from Eureka Stone as cut on all sides. We (I) pitched and layed them up. Caps weighed 300lbs each.

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/CT.jpg

S. Jones
11-20-2014, 08:32 PM
Debbie Frisbee`s house 1995. The stone came out of Butler Creek on `ol Smead Walton`s land. I liked Smead and we got along great. I hauled literally hundreds (plural) of tons of stone from that creek bed. Stone was quarried out of that creek waaayyy back in the day and I found much worked/chiseled stone from when the Beaver Store and the old railroad bed retaining walls were built..

After Smead died Mrs Walton let me haul out of there for a while but then leased it to a gravel company who ran me off immediately. I imagine there is still plenty of beautiful workable stone there

I paid him $10.00 a ton for that stone. I gathered, hauled and worked/pitched it.. It would bring at least $200.00 -$250.00 a ton these days. White River limestone is simply the finest limestone there is with Indiana running a close second. There was also car hood size sheets of nice flat limestone shale from 2-5 inches thick that I made many a patio and walkways from.

RIP to Ron who`s last name I don`t remember. He lived with Debbie and looked over my shoulder the entire job..lol The top looks a bit wavy as it hadn`t been capped yet and there is a good size fish pond built into the top accessible from the other side. Those step rocks (pink dolomite) were huge and weighed 6-700lbs each.

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/FrisbeeStonework.jpg

S. Jones
11-20-2014, 09:00 PM
Behind Don Kelley`s house on Spring. The large boxy white house by the library. Wall is 23ft tall. 1997.


http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/1601542_720184124660361_1131789714_n_zps45bb3b2f.j pg

S. Jones
11-20-2014, 09:03 PM
You can see the damage the wall did to the house when it fell 20 years prior. The rubble pile was taller than I was and took me and 3 helpers a solid month to dig out by hand to prepare the footing.

There was 4 ft between the wall and the house so i had to make the scaffolding out of wood.

Wendell Kelley lived here for years and was asleep on the other side of the wall when the retainer/hill blew into the house. He said it barely woke him up..lol. Wendell was a character to say the least.

S. Jones
11-20-2014, 09:23 PM
Big wall I did at the Gallery Mint for Ron Landis and Joe rust. 1993. Stone was also hauled out of Butler Creek. Butler Hollow Arkansas.

http://www.gmmnut.com/gmm/gmmgX/banddoe.jpg

DaBee
11-21-2014, 08:14 AM
Aww... great photo of Joe and Ron. Love the portico and the excellent way you bring stone together.

birdieluver
11-21-2014, 08:26 AM
Yes I can do brick and light stone work like veneer and flat work. I`m just not interested in doing stuff like big gnarly crumbling chimney`s that require a lot of scaffolding work (up and down), big retaining walls with huge rocks and lot`s of digging, working under a house with a foot and half of clearance, and the like though I might be talked in to doing house leveling/foundation repair. There are young guys out there that can handle the heavy labor intensive work. I`m more about using my experience and doing custom work that not everyone can do.

A basic brick only weighs 3lbs lol..I like mixing brick and stone at times in a tasty fashion.

Is there adequate support under where the panels are to be?

You can call or message me. I have a couple of small jobs to do but they won`t take long.

My phone is also having issues so if you call and I don`t call back or answer please try again or message me here for my e-mail address.

Thanks.

The floor is not yet adequately supported underneath. That's on hubby's to do list. Maybe after the holidays we can get an estimate from you.

http://i.imgur.com/EvzqE4w.jpg

Ignore the pug with the x-ray eyes!

Terry

Gaylord Wright
11-21-2014, 09:58 AM
Aww... great photo of Joe and Ron. Love the portico and the excellent way you bring stone together.

Yes it is and so do I.

S. Jones
11-21-2014, 09:59 AM
The floor is not yet adequately supported underneath. That's on hubby's to do list. Maybe after the holidays we can get an estimate from you.

http://i.imgur.com/EvzqE4w.jpg

Ignore the pug with the x-ray eyes!

Terry

Sounds good. Thanks!

S. Jones
11-21-2014, 10:01 AM
Aww... great photo of Joe and Ron. Love the portico and the excellent way you bring stone together.

I`m sure I`m not the only one but i miss Joe.

Gaylord Wright
11-21-2014, 12:00 PM
I`m sure I`m not the only one but i miss Joe.

No, you're not alone.

S. Jones
11-22-2014, 09:18 PM
A few more old ones then when the weather breaks I`ll take some recent pics.

Crystal Terrace

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/CT1_zpscceabd06.jpg

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/CT3_zps781297e4.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/CT3_zps781297e4.jpg.html)

S. Jones
11-22-2014, 09:20 PM
http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/CT2_zps2075db63.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/CT2_zps2075db63.jpg.html)

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/CTStairway_zps43e711aa.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/CTStairway_zps43e711aa.jpg.html)

S. Jones
11-22-2014, 09:21 PM
http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/GM3_zpsa4b80c26.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/GM3_zpsa4b80c26.jpg.html)

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/GM2_zps16af0f2e.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/GM2_zps16af0f2e.jpg.html)

S. Jones
11-22-2014, 09:23 PM
http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/GM1_zps05544201.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/GM1_zps05544201.jpg.html)

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/Underporchwall_zps03f9ffb8.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/Underporchwall_zps03f9ffb8.jpg.html)

S. Jones
11-22-2014, 09:24 PM
http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/Shortwall_zps5509c017.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/Shortwall_zps5509c017.jpg.html)

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/Shortveneer_zpsfbeeff95.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/Shortveneer_zpsfbeeff95.jpg.html)

S. Jones
11-22-2014, 09:25 PM
Me and some family in front of some of my stonework:

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/Fam_zpsb8191cc9.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/Fam_zpsb8191cc9.jpg.html)

S. Jones
11-22-2014, 09:27 PM
http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/PH1_zpsc0bda692.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/PH1_zpsc0bda692.jpg.html)

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/LG2_zpsacf885b3.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/LG2_zpsacf885b3.jpg.html)

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/RB_zpsab3a79dc.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/RB_zpsab3a79dc.jpg.html)

S. Jones
11-22-2014, 09:28 PM
http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/Wall3_zps66145ba2.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/Wall3_zps66145ba2.jpg.html)

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/Wall2_zpsa2b87825.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/Wall2_zpsa2b87825.jpg.html)

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/Wall_zpse7793782.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/Wall_zpse7793782.jpg.html)

S. Jones
11-22-2014, 09:30 PM
http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/CTSteps_zps3f35cb90.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/CTSteps_zps3f35cb90.jpg.html)

http://i742.photobucket.com/albums/xx67/Chordchunker/Stone%20Masonry/Sign_zpsedc582ef.jpg (http://s742.photobucket.com/user/Chordchunker/media/Stone%20Masonry/Sign_zpsedc582ef.jpg.html)

S. Jones
11-25-2014, 09:11 AM
How about a nice 8ft tall double sided stone privacy fence with columns and lights? A stone hot-tub with marble floors and stone fireplace for your indoor spa?

OR have that crack or small stone in your sidewalk replaced.. Maybe the basement wall re-pointed with raised, boxed joints. Fix that ugly mailbox with brick or stone.

No job too small..

Margo
11-29-2014, 10:20 PM
Beautiful work, Steve. Love the family picture!

DaBee
11-30-2014, 09:26 AM
Just curious about the dry stack look on the next to last photo, Steve. Is there mortar on the back side to hold it all together? OK, one more question (I swear, don't think I ever grew out of my curious 3's). On the back part of the wall there are straight lines of what looks to be cement caulk. What is that?

sir william
11-30-2014, 09:59 AM
You do great work Steve. Randal

S. Jones
11-30-2014, 06:00 PM
Thanks Margo and Randy.

Deb the joints are just dug out deeply then brushed and the face of the stone wire brushed/swept. It`s a very tedious important part of the process/look. Though I have done work where i mortared the back and not the front giving it a dry stack look.

I didn`t do the work above the main wall to the right of the steps but i believe it was someone`s attempt at raised/boxed joints

Gaylord Wright
12-03-2014, 02:10 PM
Steve, you should be rightly proud of your Eurekan legacy, I'm proud for you. A legacy that will survive, barring an asteroid strike. Good job(s), you done good.

tomkat
12-03-2014, 04:05 PM
Very beautiful work, Steve!

S. Jones
12-03-2014, 06:04 PM
Thanks ya`ll. I guess I owe it to my brother Jerry who drug me out to a job site when I was 15. I absolutely hated it at first. It seemed I was pulling, pushing, lifting, dragging, carrying as hard as I could at a jogging pace all day long and still wasn`t keeping up..lol.

I feel pretty blessed to have moved to Eureka when I did (mid 80`s) as the town was starting to truly be renovated and it was a great place/time for a stonemason to be. Ever since I can remember I marveled at the houses, buildings and walls when we visited ES. Pretty cool I got to renovate a bunch of it.

JD
12-03-2014, 10:17 PM
Thanks for posting these great pics of your skillful, beautiful work - your legacy will remain long after we're gone. Hope there will be more pics ...

Gaylord Wright
12-04-2014, 12:16 AM
How is Jerry?

S. Jones
12-07-2014, 07:19 PM
Jerry is fine. And Dandy.