We are now at window sill level on the second and final floor of the main block of the Recreation and Works building. Then we have the chimney to do and the Rec. Room wing which is two floors but only the basement floor is stone. In terms of volume the Rec room wing isn't much but it will be very difficult in that there are nine arched french doors.
With the end in sight, its time to acknowledge the hands, brains, and muscle that have made this possible.
Here is Bob, almost 75 years old who has been doing stone masonry since he was fourteen and it runs deep in his blood; his Great Grandfather worked on the largest stone masonry arched railroad viaduct in the world- Rockville Bridge in nearby Harrisburg, PA.
I have to say that when Bob started back in June, I was skeptical. He shuffles and moves slowly. But his productivity is unrivaled!
On observing him work, I figured out his secret: nothing superfluous. Our core skill as stonemasons is finding the right shape of stone to fit the next place on the wall. The younger masons will grab a stone, vigorously hammer on it for five minutes only to find it still won't fit and throw it away with disgust. Old Bob finds the right stone the first time, it fits and he moves on, slowly but effortlessly. Men half his age and twice his strength are left in the dust.
Nothing superfluous, everything deliberated, carefully enacted and gainfully achieved. Quite a lot to learn from there.