Stone Masons at work

I am so far behind.  I have several days of photos, sketches and content to upload and write from my trip to Las Vegas.  So watch this space over the next few days.

While I was in Vegas, the Friday sketchers of Seattle Urban Sketchers went to Kuboto Garden in Renton to sketch the stone masons.  The venue had been my suggestion but I was, obviously, out of town.  So I went today, on my way to the Museum of Flight for a presentation.

From the flyer I was given:
“Stone Masons working to build an 8ft tall “ishigaki” (stone wall) using 500 tons of High Cascade Granite.  Coming from Japan specifically to lead the project are father and son 14th and 15th eneration stone masons, Juni and Suminori Awata, from the famed Ano-shu lineage in Japan.  Also there is Tetsuro Tanabe, master stone splitter.  Helping are 15 stonemasons and devotees who have travelled from as far as Japan and all across the USA for the privilege of helping and watching these masters.  Dy stone stacking has been around for at least 10,000 years and the Awata family has mastered dry-laid stone wall building techniques used in the construction of Japanese castles pre-dateing the early 16th century. “

A few more photos are here.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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