Author Ian Cramb was a fifth-generation stonemason who relied on traditional methods to create and restore beautiful stone structures. In this do-it-yourself manual for homeowners, masonry contractors, and restoration specialists, Cramb drew on his fifty years of life experience in the craft to cover restoration techniques for historic structures in the U.S. and Britain. The book covers various types of stone, stone-cutting, and traditional mortar mixes for walls, foundations, and buildings.
Ian Cramb began his apprenticeship at age fourteen in Scotland, became Master Stonemason in the 1950s and restored the monastic buildings at Iona Abbey. He moved to the U.S. in the late ’50s and set stone on the U.S. Capitol. He lived in Bangor, Pennsylvania. Cramb died in 2013.
...what many believe to be the best how-to book about the craft available, The Art of the Stonemason. --Stonexus Magazine