AT A GLANCE
Hello my name is Paul McKinley I am a self taught stonemason although I had the privilege to sub contract to the late Master Stonemason Sid Bagley on a stone French Chateau in 1984-85.
Employment: In 1983 I was employed to construct two stone gate houses and a large stone barn by Mr. Robert Smit. Robert had acquired large quantities of second-hand dimension stone from various locations around Sydney. Due to varying sizes available a random squared stone design was chosen with outstanding results. Hand hewn ironbark beams were used over barn door openings for that rustic look. After working for almost 12 months I had found my vocation; something about strength and durability ; building in stone is a lasting thing.
In the following pages you will see various styles of stonework ranging from houses & barns, fireplaces, bridges & artwork, gateways & piers , retaining walls, restorations and cladding. I hope these pages will enlighten you to use stone in your future projects