What Makes Stonework Great?

Stone is a completely tough and durable substance, and holds up under the most extreme conditions.  Likewise, good stonework should be a visual picture of strength at your home or business. One of our favorite stone creations is attached to a burned down house on Stevens Pass. What we love about this house are the two stone fireplaces that still stand on each end.  Every other part of the house was burned and lies on the ground, but the stone fireplaces still stand.  These fireplaces represent one of the fundamental things about great stonework, its strength and durability.

Another concept vital to good stonework is the up-close visual aspect.  We believe that most stonework looks good from 100 feet away, but to be great, stonework should look good from ten inches.  There are two basic styles to laying stone, a classic look with mortar joints in between the stones, and dry-stack, where the rocks are fitted together tightly with no visible mortar joints. With either style, the stones should be fit to one another without large gaps or holes in between. The better things looks from close range directly correlates to the detail of the stone mason.

Stonework should also have a clear conceptual idea. Just like any good artist, a mason should be able to convey a total picture that flows in both idea and execution. There are many different types of stones, and many different types of structures, but the best stonework has a purpose. Perhaps the rock is facing a section of an outside wall, or a fireplace, or simply used for landscaping. Maybe the stonework is being used subtlety as a background texture or strikingly as a centerpiece to a room. All these have a purpose that should be understood and fulfill the desired effect.

Some questions to ask yourself when you are looking at stonework up close are:

  • Do the stones look grounded and sturdy?
  • How well do the stones fit together?
  • How smooth and filled are the joints between the rocks?
  • Are the rocks fashioned together in a way that shows variety in pattern and color?
  • Is there a clear conceptual idea being presented with the stone?
What's Different About Miller Stoneworks?

We love working with stone, and therefore put our best into every project. For us, working with stone is more than a job, it is a passion. We strive to construct whatever our customer’s desire, while putting the same level of detail into every type of project, regardless of size or style. Our commitment is that every project we construct becomes a lifelong project, and we keep in contact with our clients to make sure our creations stand the test of time and remain in as good of condition as the day their were created.

Our goal is to become the premier stone artists in the northwest, and as we work toward this goal, we hope to continually over time increase the value of your stonework by having our name attached to it. Our desire is that in 10 years your stonework will have value not only as a unique piece of art, but also by having been created by Miller Stoneworks. We will continue to work for you through the pursuit of our goals by building our own reputation and therefore increasing the value of your stonework. Our guarantee is to create the best quality stonework we can.

We have 30 years experience working with stone and mortar, and are equipped and ready to build whatever you can imagine. If you want the most impressive and unique stonework in the Northwest, we can create it.


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