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August 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

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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.


he "ishigaki," dry-laid stone wall and base for a Kubota Garden overlook will measure 30-feet long and 8-feet high when completed in one week. Working on stone placement are Ramon Garcia, left, Matt Drisoll and Yoshitaka Sekiguchi.

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