I began my career as a self employed Stone Mason in 1984.
My original construction background includes; landscape installations, carpentry and concrete masonry. The need for stone masons, in the Rhinebeck, New York area where I grew up, was on the rise. Most of the older homes in town had some sort of stone work built around them. Many old stone walls were in need of reconstruction due to long northeast winters. The need for stone work to be renovated on existing homes, combined with works to be installed at new home site locations was the foundation of my business. Most new homes in Rhinebeck as well as all over New England have works of stone integrated into the landscape. Quality stone work increases the value and saleability of a home.
Stone walls, both retaining and free standing, patios and walkways have been the main stay of Rolling Stoneworks for 24 years. As much of my work is in private settings, the only way you can experience them is through our portfolio. However, there is one project in particular that can be seen in person at the intersection of Dutchess County RT. 103 and Blithewood road in Annandale, New York, on the Bard College Campus. This project is a dry laid, fine-fit Blue stone retaining wall with dry laid stairs to the octagon gate house door. With a free standing wall across Blithewood road, these walls mark the entrance to Blithewood Mansion which is now "The Levy Economics institute".
For many years I have been teaching stone wall building techniques and procedures to people through non profit groups such as Hudson River Heritage, Quittman Resouce Center, and Dutchess Land conservancy. The course consists of a 2hr. class indoors and 6hrs. in the field building stone walls. Each participant goes home with a copy of "The Stone Masons Manual" which I wrote, copyright 2005. This covers tools, techniques and overall know-how about stone wall building.
In recent years Rolling Stoneworks has expanded to offer our own line of wall stone, and landscape boulders which can be seen in stone sales at this site. We also now have a "Rock Gardens" page which is periodically updated with various examples of our native stone complemented with many natural plantings and mulch. We can design your garden for you or help you with a design of your own.
Now based in Rennsselaer County, NY, we also serve Washington, Columibia and Dutchess counties in New York as well as southern Vermont and western Massachusetts.