Stone brings a sense of connection to geologic time, revealing clues to the past. The skillful crafting of stone creates a built environment with patterns and qualities unique to its own place and time with this rich material.  The images below share the craftsmanship of Drew Weigle, a stone mason in Durango.

Quoting Drew: “These photos are different sections or elements of the same project and residence.  A really great relationship with a number of quarries guaranteed a premium selection of beautiful choice stones.

Stone in the circular outdoor patio area came from two sources:

– Building stone and steps (vertical work) were quarried in Cross Canyon

– Colorado Flagstone slabs (paving) were quarried over by Slick Rock, Colorado

Indoor fireplace stones and building stone were quarried at the Cross Canyon Quarry.

Outdoor fireplace moss rock boulders selectively gathered around the Cross Canyon area in Colorado. Smaller chimney moss rock came from Thoreau, New Mexico.”

Drew Weigle can be contacted at .


  1. I think the use of stone in the built landscape is just as important as the use of plant material. It is so integral with the natural landscape and is so many times overlooked. of course, I have seen bad installations as well that make you cringe and think “Why would someone ever do that to a landscape”. A beautiful tool and resource used inthe hands of a master is breathtaking and an art. Used by an incompetent craftsman or contractor is a tragedy. Good selection of photos!

  2. Yes… lovely in the garden and home… when used with an artistic touch… but I shudder at the loss at the point of origin. Rock has become overused. Again we take from the earth, ravage ecosystems for our enjoyment. Have you gone to quarries to see the destruction? when does one see that we should make do. I am not an innocent in this… I have plenty of rock in my yard that was not not existing, but really, when does one draw the line at excessive use…. both of these examples above use way more than is necessary. These are both rock overload. And this is not cheap… so when do those that can afford it start making a statement FOR the land instead of exploiting it?

  3. Every building material we use is of an earthly origin and reduces resources. If we try to use less of one material, we end up using more of another (plants, plastics, sand etc). I agree that looking at the scar left by a stone quarry could influence someone to build a house of straw. But alternatively, making a statement for the land could start with looking at ways to extract these resources in a way that isn’t so destructive or wasteful, but rather regenerative or at least repairable. Stone is obviously difficult to regenerate, but perhaps the effort could be in repairing the scar in a way that regenerates other types of building materials.

  4. Well, there is a movement in straw bale construction. I am just saying there is excessive use of our natural resources, and not enough use of recycled materials. Back to these two projects in the photos, in my opinion, they are examples of excessive use of stone. To me, it is hard on the eye. And it just makes me think that some other recycled or reclaimed materials could have been incorporated not just from the artistic side but from a perspective that a sustainable way of designing, building and living is a better way to go.

  5. I don’t disagree that using recycled materials is good but you have to also look at the energy that goes into creating alot of recycled materials (read Cradle to Cradle). Where I live and where these project images are from, we have an access of rock to the point it takes a large amt of maintenance (ie keeping it off the roads). I am in the opinion of use the resources that are available to you in your location.

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