Stone Primer (Paperback)

By Charles McRaven

Storey Publishing, LLC, 9781580176705, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 30, 2007

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (7/30/2007)

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Add touches of durable elegance to your home and yard. This introduction to stonemasonry covers everything you need to know to plan and execute a variety of stonework projects that range from a simple countertop to a complete stone shed. Learn how to choose the proper stones for each project and what tools you need to shape and fit them properly. With stunning photography and profiles of master craftsmen, Stone Primer is both a practical handbook and an inspirational guide for the budding stonemason.

About the Author

Charles McRaven is a stonemason and blacksmith, nationally known for building and repairing dozens of stone structures and log homes. He has written extensively on stone, including the books Building with Stone and Stonework, and articles for Country Journal, Fine Homebuilding, and many regional magazines. He lectures and conducts workshops and private courses in stone construction. Charles lives in Virginia.

Praise For Stone Primer


“Handsomely illustrated with drawings and photographs that include the work of prominent craftsmen and women, this book provides its readers with the knowledge to create basic stone structures and critique the work of craftsmen.”

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Stone Primer offers both ideas and guidance to homeowners interested in utilizing stone, indoors and out.”

Michigan Gardener


“…illustrates the inspirational and practical ways to build with stone.”

Home & Design Magazine


“Stone is a common material that can create things of uncommon beauty.  Charles McRaven celebrates the artistry behind those accomplishments in Stone Primer.”

Akron Beacon-Journal


“McRaven offers the guidance you need to make your stone dreams a reality.”

Countryside and Small Stock Journal


With a very insightful discussion on types of stone and its properties, [Stone Primer] is peppered with great tips and insights.”

Library Journal


“There’s subliminally appealing about a first-rate book on stonework, and Stone Primer is just that….Stone Primer is an uncommon find.”