This week we began preparing stone for an upcoming project on Lakeshore Boulevard in Kingston. We are based at Rideauview Contracts' facility in Erinsville, where large slabs of Limestone are being transformed into hand-finished pieces that will make up the snecked ashlar stonework on this custom new home. First the huge slabs of stone are brought into the shop by forklift where they are loaded onto a conveyor and split into small, rough blocks using a hydraulic guillotine. From here, the stones are stacked on pallets and brought to our work area, where they are individually finished by hand to specific shapes and sizes. The stone is then repackaged, and will be transported to the job-site when work begins this spring.