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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Honing the art of splitting stones

Jonathan Courtland, from North Carolina, works on splitting a High Cascade granite stone at Kubota Garden in South Seattle. Courtland, who said recent hot weather here is what they call "fall" back home, is one of 15 stone masons paying $1,000 to learn techniques from two Japanese masters of the Awata family who represent the 14th and 15th generations practicing the craft. Workshop participants also are helping build a 500-ton "ishigaki" stone base for a terrace overlook in the garden, at 9817 55th Ave. S. The public is invited to see the "Rock, People, Chisels" workshop while it's under way, and a public celebration is planned when it concludes Aug. 20.

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