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Faux Dry Stone

By Thinking With My Hands on Mar 23, 2012
It was gratifying to finish up all the inside stonework at the new house we are working at this month. We cleaned up Thursday afternoon. All we have to do now is the chimney.


Oh oh, is that the inspector over there, checking if we have done it right?  Hmm, perhaps he's saying, "It looks like dry stone construction, but it must be 'faux' dry stone". I bet he's thinking "I haven't seen an old-looking stone Rumford fireplaces worked into a new house design in a long time."


The mortar (which eats away at your hands, smears the stones, dribbles on the floor, and makes building with stones generally a messy unfriendly business) is all hidden in this 16 foot tall fireplace, with two four foot high, back-to-back fireboxes. All the joints between the stones have been 'raked' back so that it looks like no mortar was used anywhere. After the dust and smeary cement is completely washed off with a mild solution of muriatic acid and water, it doesn't look too bad.

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