I work in quite a solitary profession;
I usually work alone with just the stone at hand; my hammer and chisels; the finished article in my head and maybe some sketches or rough drawings to hand;
I am aware that there are others working on similar projects in other parts of the world, all having the same thoughts of “how am I going to make this pile of stone into something that resembles my design?”, or more usually “just, hmmm…” and even sometimes “oh…s*&t!”;
I don’t usually see what others are making – they are working alone too;
I enjoy seeing a project come to fruition – starting with feelings of awe at the size of some projects, the feelings of frustration at the difficulties posed by the weather or the ground I work on. The tired limbs after days of moving, lifting, shaping and placing stone;
I get satisfaction from placing the last few copes and seeing the job done to the best of my abilities;
I am aware that there are organisations such as the Dry Stone Walling Association who push for standard ways of building stonework. I try to follow their guidelines as best I can but they are not there when I am putting my stone together;
I am aware that the client is paying me good money to build them something structurally sound and long-lasting; good looking and inspiring even;
I am aware that I have ‘000s of followers on Facebook who enjoy the pictures that I put up because they like looking at images of stonework. I like their comments and feedback – its good to get and makes me think I am doing something right;
I earn my pay doing this job – it is a necessity as well as a passion;
I like peer review and approval but it is not my driver – like or hate what I do it matters not to me. What can I do?
I don’t like anything I do – there is always a stone I could lay better. Stone workers are the most self-critical of all workers.
So who do I work for?
I work for my clients who offer me the chance to carry out my profession.
I work for clients who feel moved to write things like the following:
“Thank you – we are truly delighted with the quality of the work undertaken by Stone Inspired. From start to finish Jason engaged positively with us, taking time to understand our requirements and making further suggestions which helped to improve the overall design. It was fascinating to watch the skill and craftmanship in developing this fantastic addition to our garden. The Denfined stone is beautiful. Demonstrating a professional approach throughout we would highly recommend Stone Inspired to others.”
“We love the Wonky Wall. It has already given us great pleasure to see it evolve, like some ancient dragon stretching itself out of the ground and coming to life. Not so much breathing fire, as ice (it was a very cold winter !). The wall is a masterpiece of Jason’s craftsmanship and his imagination. A true work of art.”
“Who would have believed that three huge mounds of red field boulders plus some old stone lintels from a Dundee jute factory could be transformed into an elegant and really interesting series of garden walls (not to mention the arch). We’re so pleased with the result which makes the perfect transition from formal terrace to wild garden. Roll on the spring for Phase Two!”
And I work for myself because it gives me the reasons to get out of bed in the morning…
For those of you who like what I do thank you, and keep following my progress.
For those who don’t, well I am sorry that I can’t match your own standards. If you have something constructive to say, tell me in private. Otherwise please keep your opinions to yourself. You don’t engender respect by being disrepectful. You only show yourself to be poor human beings – for all of your lofty standards.