TRADITIONAL CUT STONE LTD.
Over the course of numerous phases of restoration to the iconic Toronto Cathedral, the work performed at St Michael’s included the restoration of the basement crypts, and exterior facades.
We also supplied new stone pinnacles, finials, cornice, and niches on the west elevation.
The Liturical finishes, Altar, Ambo, Baptismal Font were also completed along with new holy water fonts in the Nathex. The existing floor was replaced using intricate waterjet cut slate, interlaced with exotic marbles.
Toronto – Millions of people walk by historic buildings every day. They may stop to admire the stone work, but they aren’t aware of the company behind it. Traditional Cut Stone aims to change that. The month of November marks the official launch of Traditional Cut Stone’s new website. While they’ve kept the name, there’s nothing traditional about how they’re presenting themselves.
The website features 24 case studies of well-known projects from government buildings like the Illinois and Minnesota State Capitols, to famous public monuments like the Lord Nelson Monument. Each case study is complete with photos, team and material info.
The highlight of the website is a stunning 1.5 minute video that articulates the journey of transforming a simple idea into the incredible stonework that graces our churches, government buildings and institutions today.
“It’s one thing to admire a beautiful building,” says Richard Carbino,VP of Sales. “But we want people to experience every stage of production. It starts with the artwork, then the stone carving, then the impact of the stonework when they see these buildings in person. The video is about perspective: Our clients don’t hire us to cut stone, they hire us to make history. ”
The intent of the website is not only to illustrate Traditional Cut Stone’s work, but to also inspire younger students and masons to embrace this ancient trade.
“When we started the company 16 years ago, it was considered a dying industry. There were very few masons who specialized in stone carving and restoration work. Today, our numbers are growing and young people want to learn,” says David Tyrrell, managing director. “This website is a celebration of the growth of our industry, the survival of our trade, and the promise of a bright future in stone carving and restoration.”
Traditional Cut Stone’s new website is found at www.traditionalcutstone.com.
For more information on Traditional Cut Stone, or to schedule a tour of our production facility, please contact VP of Sales Richard Carbino at 416-652-8434 or visit us at www.tradtitionalcutstone.com
Headquarters & Production Facility
1860 Gage Court
Mississauga, Ontario, L5S 1S1
362 Davenport Road, Lower Level
Toronto, Ontario, M4R 1K6
Founded in 1998, Traditional Cut Stone Ltd. is a partnership between David Tyrrell, Richard Carbino and master stone carver Lawrence Voaides.
Our founders are passionate about the time-honoured art of stone carving and restoring the beauty of a vanished era.
With 45,000 square feet of workspace and the largest number of traditional stone carvers under one roof in North America, we specialize in large-scale restoration projects such as; Minnesota State Capitol, Toronto’s Old City Hall and St. Michael’s Cathedral.
ADDISON MIZNER MEDAL
Awarded by: Institute for Classical Architecture honouring the achievements and contributions of those preserving and advancing the classical tradition
Awarded to: Smith Architectural Group
Project: Graff Diamonds, Palm Beach
FLORIDA PRESERVATION AWARD
Awarded by: Florida Trust for Historical Preservation for recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of master craftsmanship.
Awarded to: Traditional Cut Stone
Project: Palm Beach County Courthouse
TUCKER DESIGN AWARD
Awarded by: Building Stone Institute honouring those who have achieved excellence in design through the incorporation and use of natural stone in their building or landscape design project
Awarded to: Traditional Cut Stone
Project: Tweed County Courthouse
Awarded by: Canadian Association for Heritage Professionals for excellence in craftsmanship and construction by a contractor or conservator
Awarded to: Taylor Hazell Architects
Project: RC Harris Water Filtration Plant
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 16 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
When the Kelowna, B.C.-born interior designer Jeffrey Douglas purchased his Toronto townhouse four years ago, the 1889 Cabbagtetown Victorian was literally sagging at the seams. A 1970s renovation had removed original historic details as well as a few supporting walls, whose absence resulted, some 40 years later, in the structure falling in on itself. Wanting to rescue the home he shares with graphic designer and illustrator Steve Yeates from sure disaster, Douglas gutted and renovated the house, an 18-month process. When it was done, the owner of Douglas Design Studio, located two doors up the street, had not only a fully modernized home but a 3-D portfolio for prospective clients. The first stop on the tour is always the living room, which features furniture of Douglas’s own design. “The fireplace is used all the time,” he says. “It’s a great room for relaxing in.”
“It’s made of solid walnut and all the hinges are finger joints. I wanted the look of horizontal slats and designed it so air flows through the unit. I use it to store linens and other things for the adjacent dining room.”
“These were custom-made with lighting inside the shelves that reflects up and down. They hold a variety of things, including old books that belonged to Steve’s family and a suitcase once belonging to his aunt. I have added dried flowers from my mother’s garden.”
“These are original to the 1950s. I got them from Atomic Warehouse, an online mid-century store based in the U.S. They remind me of my grandmother’s mid-century-modern house in B.C.”
“It’s carved from solid cottonwood limestone and was made by Traditional Cut Stone in Toronto after my own design. It’s new but is deferential to the era of the house without being slavish to it. It helps make the room what I call neo-Victorian instead of just Victorian, a result of the addition of contemporary touches like this.”
“I am particularly fond of Japan and Japanese culture and so thispiece has meaning for me. It’s by the talented Quebec photographer Laurent Guerin and it shows a traditional geisha inside a contemporary taxi. It’s an image that looks caught in motion. I especially love the subject’s inscrutable expression.”
“I also made this. It was something I conceived of from scratch. It’s kind of got a mid-century aesthetic. But the main thing is that it is comfortable and was designed that way. It’s got double cushions and is long enough to lie on. I often use it for reading or taking a nap.”
“The cashmere fabric is by Loro Piana. I love those curtains. They’re superluxurious.”
The yellow chair
“That was done for a client as a prototype and I ended up keeping it. I like the yellow colour. It adds warmth to the room. The lines are interesting: contemporary meets art deco.”
“This is a woven-leather area carpet handmade in India. It’s a texture I have always admired and it works well with all the furniture. It’s very practical: super-easy to maintain, comfortable under foot and it lays flat, never bunching up.”
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Reporter: Janice Golding
David Tyrrell from Traditional Cut Stone explains some of the challenges of restoring the iconic landmark St. Michael’s Cathedral upon the completion of the monumental first phase of the renovations.