This 15' Limestone fireplace is the convergence of two distinct styles of stonework that together create a unique assembly. The arrangement of stones, or bonding, is an ancient Scottish style known as snecked ashlar. In snecked work, a horizontal course of stone is interrupted by taller stones that reach above into the next course, effectively 'keying' the assembly together. The result is an incredibly strong and durable wall. In this case, the snecked ashlar was used in a dry-stack look, to emphasize the sharp lines of the local Kingston stone. In order to achieve the tight fit between pieces, each stone was worked extensively by hand until the necessary tolerances were achieved.

For more information on snecked masonry, visit: http://www.stonefoundation.org/stonexus/snx7issue/snecked.pdf