A stacked stone fireplace is, for many of us, the
ultimate in fireplace surrounds. Carefully assem-
bled by master stone artisans, the placement of
each stone reflects the skill and artistry of its cre-
ator. Each hand-crafted fireplace design is truly
unique and -- in many cases -- a veritable work
To build a stone fireplace employing the
or dry stack method, the stones are stacked hori-
zontally and rely on the weight of the stones and friction between each stone for strength and ar-
chitectural integrity. Technically "mortarless," the stones used to build a dry stone fireplace --
though assembled tightly together -- sometimes
allow for a very narrow mortared bed joint that is
raked back deeply into the stone work so the mor-
tar is undetectable.
The skill and craftsmanship employed in this construction method has been perfected over the centuries, resulting in many outstanding examples of the stone worker's art, such as the monumental design pictured above by Locati Architects. As shown in the web pages outlined below, this method of construction can be used to create a wide and varied range of exciting looks to give you a truly unique, one of a kind stone hearth design!
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