Monday, October 01, 2007

Granite Sculpture and Steve Hayne's Granite Museum

Picture of Steve Haynes, stonemason on Mt. Desert Isle and curator of the Granite Museum.

Steve is working on a memorial. He was asked to match the granite of the existing cemetary plot. He is so knowledgeable that he can not only decipher the type of granite but what quarry in New England it came from. He obtained a piece from the correct quarry and is working in up with an antique machine that he rebuilt. The machine is air driven but manually worked to bush down the surface of the granite. This work had previously been done by hand. This "machine" replaced the 20 men required to do such labor. Mt. Desert Isle was reknowned for the granite and stone masons there were here. Many large projects in New York and Washington D.C. as well as other famous cities have buildings made from quarries in this area. Steve has accumulated a wealth of information, tools and geneaologies of the men that worked the stone.

After seeing the wonderful granite sculptures created this summer on the Schoodic Penninsula, I went looking for someone to show me how to work stone and have found a real granite guru in Steve Haynes. I hope to get back next year and look over his shoulder to learn more of this lost art.

Communities in the area collected $5000 in matching funds to have the priveledge of having one of these seven sculptures in their communities. The building in the background was constructed for the Navy as an officers' quarters by J.D. Rockefeller Jr. The bottom picture is a sculpture called Rebirth.