Spokane Fireplace

 

Spokane Fireplace

Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone 10' x 18" x 8' Here are Dave the master installer and the client's boyfriend, finishing up after a VERY long day of installing.
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone
10′ x 18″ x 8′
Here are Dave the master installer and the client’s boyfriend Jim, finishing up after a VERY long day of installing.
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone The header in natural light. This stone is so hard it took months to finish the entire fireplace, and the grass eventually almost covered the stones by the time it was completed.
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone
The header in natural light. This stone is so hard it took months to finish the entire fireplace, and the grass eventually almost covered the stones by the time it was completed.
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone, 10 x 18" x 8' Installed. twelve plus hours of installing.
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone, 10 x 18″ x 8′
Installed. twelve plus hours of installing.
Texas Carmel Leuders Limestone
Texas Carmel Leuders Limestone
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone I send my client's process shots as I go. This is the mantle, as it looked the day I finished it.
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone
I send my client’s process shots as I go. This is the mantle, as it looked the day I finished it.
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone This is the crown, and one of the last pieces I finished before the delivery.
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone
This is the crown, and one of the last pieces I finished before the delivery.
The client visit. She liked it. I am always happy when a client visits the shop and sees the process and work first hand. She was a fun person to work for and with.
The client visit. She liked it. I am always happy when a client visits the shop and sees the process and work first hand. She was a fun person to work for and with.
I brought quarry blocks up from Texas and had them slabbed. The tools involved in the industry are wonderful to see in action. I share this kind of process shot with my clients as the work unfolds.
I brought quarry blocks up from Texas and had them slabbed. The tools involved in the industry are wonderful to see in action. I share this kind of process shot with my clients as the work unfolds.
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone This stone was so hard that I had slash and burn even this tiny detail. Beautiful stone, but HARD!
Texas Carmel Lueders Limestone
This stone was so hard that I had slash and burn even this tiny detail. Beautiful stone, but HARD!

 

 

 

 

Joe Fireplace

Up the flight of stairs and in.
Up the flight of stairs and in.

My son Dorian, on the left, and his pal (and mine) Zack, shortly after major macho lifting and carrying up stairs action. Piece is in and looks great.

The original slab, 12" x 8' x 10'. Just over six thousand pounds and 280 million years old.
The original slab, 12″ x 8′ x 10′. Just over six thousand pounds and 280 million years old.

I had the edges of a massisve slab cut off, and used them for the legs and header.

This is the original cut from which I took the fireplace.
This is the original cut from which I took the fireplace.

From these edge cuts I took the legs and the header. All came from the same stone.

Test fit over and over
Test fit over and over

I used dowels as rollers to gently roll the legs up to test their fit against the header.

Waiting for the gas insert...

Waiting for the gas insert…

The client will have a gas insert fitted to the firebox so he can have a legal fire in his bedroom. Very cool.

Mathur Fireplace

Mathur Fireplace  Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate 6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"
Mathur Fireplace
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6′-6″ x 5′-4″ x 30″

This enormous header required some extensive planning to install. Originally over three thousand pounds, I hollowed it out so that it was “only” 1200 pounds when we installed it.

Mathur Fireplace  Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate 6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"
Mathur Fireplace
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6′-6″ x 5′-4″ x 30″

The header, seen before we installed it. I drilled a hole at exactly the balance point and passed a chain through so that it raised up level. I rehearsed the lift in the studio before I loaded it on the truck.

Mathur Fireplace  Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate 6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"
Mathur Fireplace
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6′-6″ x 5′-4″ x 30″

We raised it up with a pulley and a gallows built on site, and rolled it into place on dowels under the gallows, after we’d lifted the piece above the legs.

Mathur Fireplace  Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate 6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"
Mathur Fireplace
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6′-6″ x 5′-4″ x 30″

Heere is Joe, raising the mantle up to height, before we rolled it into place.

Mathur Fireplace  Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate 6'-6" x 5'-4" x 30"
Mathur Fireplace
Kansas Limestone, Pennsylvania Black Slate
6′-6″ x 5′-4″ x 30″

The scrolls and thick legs were not easy to put in place either, but after a long time, one figures out how to do without damaging either floor or stone. Carefully.

 

 

 

Unverferth Fireplace

Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova Cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″

 

Unverferth Fireplace Original design by Dale Johnson Texas Cordova cream Limestone 6'-6" x 5'-6" x 14"
Unverferth Fireplace
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Texas Cordova cream Limestone
6′-6″ x 5′-6″ x 14″