In the world of silks and brocades, the latest fashions are paraded down runways and showcased in sleek boutiques. In the world of stone, you’ll need to check the tile section or out by the potted plants. Charles Luck Stone Centers are changing that.
Rarely has there been a more unprepossessing lot for an extensive residential landscaping project: a scrubby two-acre parcel shaped like a pie slice and dominated by a steep hill bordering a busy and loud thoroughfare in Austin, Texas. When designer Rick Scheen went to examine it for the first time, large culvert pipes stuck up through the ground in a ditch, trash was strewn everywhere, “and there were some really bad views of tear-down houses,” he recalls.
The miller woke early. The old quartz millstone needed dressing, a tedious process of sharpening the stone by hand. The constant grinding of the grain had worn the stone and it would take several days to sharpen it. Luckily, the miller’s profession didn’t require hard physical labor as was common in the 18th century. His water-powered mill was considered fully-automatic, a modern marvel for its time.