I’m blending three things I love: Talk + TEach + Design & BUild.
FOr “talk”, I’m exploring the possibility of launching a podcast.
For “Teach”, I’m launching virtual workshops + conversations + lectures in August. (click the link “Virtual Classes 2019”.) Also, I will continue sharing knowledge on my instagram; upgrade my Youtube channel “heritage earth & stone”; and add more videos to my Igtv account.
“DESIGN & BUILd”, however, will always be my main priority and primary passion. I’m experimenting with a new combination of crowdfunding + private money + sponsorship to create the revenue I need so I can build projects that I want to build and where I want to build them. for my next project, multiple media platforms will be used so you can engage in the entire process of a new project - beginning to end, mundane to exciting.
Finally, I’ve added two more layers to my ever-evolving design-build principles. For the last few years I focused on creating awe, but How about these new ones?
1) design drives behavior.
2) design creates neuro-associations.
I design and build in the MODERN WORLD THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION OF spaces, places and things USING Natural Stone (the world's oldest building material) and the "Dry Stone" method (The world's oldest building technique). by way of collaborating with others I also balance the “heaviness” of my stone works with wood, metal, plantings, lights, Earth-shaping and more.
"Dry Stone" is the construction of a structure or feature using only natural stone and nothing more.
a true drystone mason must follow the old, sacred rules, which requires extreme discipline and perseverancE. Yet, the strict adherence to theM allows for the building of a stone feature that can last for thousands of years. Therein lies the reward FOR his or her effort.
I, however, Call myself a "Stonesmith" because I want to move the conversation about this somewhat obscure trade away from the strictures of the traditional NOUNS USED and towards a discussion about what's now possible in the 21st century by combining this ancient craft with modern machinery and technologies.
- Jon Aguilar (Master Stonesmith & Artist)
provide clients with one-of-a-kind stone spaces and structures of absolute permanence and beauty. source the best and most appropriate raw rock or stone. cut and shape it on-site or import it with custom shapes, sizes, textures, and finishes. transport rock or stone to any location.
Design & Consultation services are offered to Landscape architects & Designers, architects, builders, Landscape construction companies.
DRY STONE WORKS That Can Be Built:
- Modern megaliths
- low walls or high walls (Retaining or Freestanding)
- LANDINGS, PATIOS, benches, WALKWAYS & RISERS
- Meditation or Sacred spaces
- FIRE features (gas or wood)
- Charcoal or gas cOOKING SPACES
- Stereotomical features
- sTONE DRIVEWAYs
- memorial features or Public art & spaces
- Small sTONE TEMPLES
- Large scale stone works
- GABION BASKET (EXTERIOR OR INTERIOR) features
- STONE FENCES