What is a Stonemason?
The stunning outdoor kitchens, patios, fireplaces, fire pits, and retaining walls that are created using mortar are examples of projects completed by Stonemasons. Simply put, masonry is the art or craft of building or fabricating with stone. Stonemasons are the artists who cut, prepare, and shape stone to build or repair stone structures.
When we typically talk about masonry in landscaping terms, we are referring to hardscape elements, also known as the stone elements, like a patio, found in your backyard. This work is technically classified as dry or flat lay stonework and does not have to be completed by a Stonemason. Flat lay work has a base prepared, leveled, compacted, and the stone laid. All joints are typically filled with polymeric sand. Stonemasons have the skill set that allows them to also wet lay, which means the products installed are secured in place with mortar. The joints or seams are typically filled with mortar as well. Any vertical stonework you see attached to a home’s façade, or in pillars or columns, is typically wet lay stone.