Fieldstone fireplace designs vary greatly, due to the wide range in size, shape, color and texture of the material, itself. A very beautiful stone for building, fieldstone, nevertheless, is relatively common with an earthy, natural appearance. A fieldstone hearth has the look of durability and strength, as in the striking example pictured below, right, with a birch bark mantel shelf!
Fieldstone is used to erect virtually anything that can be constructed with stone, including foundations and walls for buildings, retaining walls, fences, fireplaces, chimneys, landscape terracing and waterfalls.
The examples below depict a few
of the ways . . . in addition to fire-
places . . . . . in which this natural
building material can be utilized.
Above designs, except for waterfalls, were created by master stone arti-
san, Lew French.
By definition, fieldstone is stone collected from the surface of fields where it occurs naturally and is subsequently used in its original shape, as shown in the examples below . . . . .
In practice, however, the definition has been expanded to include any ar-
chitectural stone recovered from the topsoil OR subsoil and used not only in its original shape, but modified by cutting or splitting, as well. In the following examples, the stones have been cut or split.
Most fieldstones have been left by glacial deposits and are rectangular to oval in shape. Though they tend to be somewhat flat, the corners have been softened by thousands of years of weathering and tumbling.
They range in color from dark blues, grays and browns to light blues, grays and browns, rusts and light buffs . . . . . depending upon their geographic location. For example, the fieldstone of Pennsylvania is generally darker, with more dark blues and browns (below left) than the typically tan, light red, and light blue fieldstone of New England (below right).
Following is a sampling of fieldstone fireplace designs - for both indoors and out - that incorporates a
variety of stone sizes, shapes, colors and tex-
tures. Some utilize stones or rocks in their original shapes, while others are made with stones that have been cut or split.
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