Damian, the owner of Ology is a specialist in the use of stone, what you might call a Boutique Stone Mason.
Working with stone is something that he really enjoys and it shows in the quality of all projects undertaken.
Damian has gained a great deal of knowledge with an array of types of stone, the construction techniques that best suit them and their application in various formats thanks to more than 20 years of experience working with stone.
To date, many projects have been successfully completed from simple stone retaining walls to crazy paving, sculptural pieces to house walls and fire surrounds, consistently delivering high quality finishes which even win the occasional award.
Early in his career Damian was fortunate to undertake the construction of the sculpture shown at the top left of this page for the late Grant Saltmarsh (Earth Art Landscape). Building this sculpture taught him that there is a great deal more to stone than simple flat panels of work and that it could be employed in more organic forms to give outstanding results that create wonder and inspiration. If you have not already done so, please view the portfolio page to get some ideas or to see the quality of work.
When considering your project, please keep the top left picture in mind, consider the possibilities and get in contact to discuss your thoughts. Ology is well versed in collaborating with Architects, Builders, Designers and Owner Builders as well as operating independantly on a project from inception through to completion.
Why use stone?
Stone is one of the oldest building materials known to us.
It has a proven track record for character, aesthetic charm, versatility and its ability to stand the test of time.
The humble Bluestone pitcher which can be found all over Melbourne is an outstanding example of how one piece of stone can be used and re-used/recycled.
It takes very little energy to extract stone from a quarry as opposed to using more modern building materials like brick or concrete blocks.
This makes stone a valuable resource when considering the environmental impact of a project. Even the process of building with stone can be as simple as dry stacking which consumes only the energy for transportation of materials and the Stone Mason who would shape and lay each individual stone.
A stone wall or feature will separate your home or garden from the rest giving you a conversation point and adding charm and enduring appeal.
Some clients have remarked to me how they turn off the TV in the evening and relax on the couch to look at the shapes, patterns and colours in their fire surround. This is a highly illustrative testimony to the unique characteristics of stone when installed correctly as a feature.
More than anything, stone is a superior building product when used well, so why not involve it in your next project ?
Australia has a excellent selection of stone, Victoria and Melbourne in particular has an abundance of Basalt (Bluestone) in the form of old foundation stones and pitchers, boulders and honeycomb rock. Other readily available types of stone are slates and sandstones from the goldfeilds area, limestone and Basalt from the Geelong region, Coldstream rock from Eastern Melbourne, Mount Angus Sandstone from the Gippsland region, granites from Harcourt and the Mornington Peninsula and many more.
Although not a Victorian stone, Wistow stone from South Australia is an excellent material for walling and fetaures like fire surrounds giving a beautiful variety of colours.
Another great South Australian stone is Mintaro slate, it is dark grey/blue in colour and has a very strong grain and a flat surface making it excellent for paving.
Retailers of rock/stone usually sell one or more varieties of stone for walling and paving along with imported materials from either China, India or Vietnam. Be warned, Often these imported slates and bluestone are of a lesser quality than our own native stones and can present us with significant problems after installation.
Although most imported stone is cheaper than local material, you do get what you pay for. A few problems that can arise are delamination of slates and sandstones causing a rapid breakdown in the surface finish and safety of a paved area, severe cupping or bowing of slates which causes a paved area to hold water and accumulate slime making a paved area slippery and dangerous to foot traffic, oxide staining of slates and bluestones after a period of time leaving what was a good looking finish, stained with rust and no longer looking like what you originlly wanted.
Some proven types of stone from South Eastern Australia .
Central Victorian Bluestone
Wistow Bluestone (Micaceous Schist)
Kanmantoo (Same as above)
Mudstone, black, yellow and brown
Mount Angus Sandstone
Colac Rock (Basalt)
Various local Honeycomb rock (Basalt)
Lilydale Limestone (no longer quarried)
Brisbane Ranges Slate (no longer quarried)
Boorabool Sandstone (no longer quarried)