JON AGUILAR  - USA (OWNER)

 JON AGUILAR  - USA (OWNER)

Jon served in the Marine Corps; attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel; and completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  He studied Spanish, Hebrew and Serbian; and has traveled, lived in or studied in 22 countries. 

In 2004, he launched a landscape construction business in Colorado that soon became a dry stone-focused business after he discovered the complexities, challenges, nuances and immense satisfaction that characterize the world of "dry stone".  He has designed and built projects in Bluemont, Virginia, Durango, Boulder, and Grand Lake, Colorado, Geysersville, California, Quepos, Costa Rica and All over the Seattle area. His current project is based in Truckee, California. It began in June 2016 and will be completed in early June 2018.

He always seeks to grow, expand and pursue the "adjacent possible" (as penned by the author Steven Johnson).   His intention is to design and build experiences and spaces that connect people to themselves, to each other and to nature using the earth's elements (stone, metals, fire, canvas and wood) and in collaboration with other craftsmen.


 PIERO TAMBURRINI - ROME, ITALY                           

 PIERO TAMBURRINI - ROME, ITALY                           

Piero's FATHER AND UNCLE WERE BOTH ITALIAN MASONS AND as a KID he USED TO HANg AROUND THEIR projects.  IN 1998, he GRADUATED FROM GALILEO GALILEI, A SCIENCE AND ART SCHOOL.

IN 2001, piero BEGAN TRAVELING AROUND EUROPE TO EXPLORE NEW CULTURES.  IN 2006, he PUSHED his BOUNDARIES further AND LANDED IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA WHERE he WORKED AS A STONE MASON FOR FOUR YEARS. piero learned THE BASICS OF STONE MASONRY AND his mentor SHARED WITH him HIS PASSION FOR THIS AMAZING AND POETIC TRADE.

AFTER he LEFT, he CONTINUED SEARCHING OUT OTHER stone masonry OPPORTUNITIES.  In 2011, piero CONTACTED JON AFTER he Found HIS WEBSITE AND discovered the world of DRY STONE masonry and other authentic, SUSTAINABLE BUILDING IDEAS.

Piero HOPEs THAT STONE WILL BE A LEADING PROTAGONIST IN THE FUTURE OF THE Global GREEN-BUILDING MOVEMENT AND THAT ALL GREAT STONE MASONS WILL BE ABLE TO COLLECTIVELY RE-INVIGORATE THIS craft AND BE RECOGNIZED.  he has WORKED extensively with italian porfido (porphyry), ardesia, travertine, traini, north african rainbow and western australian kimberly and donnybrooke sandstone and limest0ne.  (His website is www.cosmostone.it)


 GILLAND DEESE - USA                                                        

 GILLAND DEESE - USA                                                        

GEORGIAN NATIVE GILLAND DEESE ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA TO STUDY ANTHROPOLOGY. IN 2012, HE TOOK A BREAK FROM SCHOOL TO PURSUE OTHER GOALS AND LANDED AT THE PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH LOCATED IN NORTHWEST NEW MEXICO. GILLAND WORKED ON THE 300,000 ACRE RANCH WITH A CONSERVATION WORK CREW FOR FOUR YEARS BUILDING AND MAINTAINING HIKING TRAILS AND CAMPSITES.

HERE HE WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO DRY STONE WORK, BUILDING ROCK WALLS, WATER BARS, AND ZUNI BOWLS. GILLAND BEGAN WORKING AS A WORK CREW FOREMAN AND FINISHED AS A WORK CREW PROGRAM COORDINATOR.

THIS YEAR, HE DECIDED TO EXPLORE THE WORLD OF DRY STONE MASONRY MORE AND IS NOW APPRENTICING WITH JON.


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Travis Rantanen has spent most of his life between New Mexico and Colorado working as a Chef. His interest in working with stone began last year when he took the opportunity to apprentice with Jon at the "Truckee Project" in Truckee, CALifornia.

Since then, he has expanded his learning from dry stone work to blacksmithing as well. His goal is to be well-versed as a tradesman and immerse himself in as much learning as possible. He hopes to help show the necessity of the trades in the modern world.