2823 ‘Karma’ River Rd. Wisemans Ferry, 2775
Ph /Fax: 02 4566 4304 Mob: 0409
ABN: 97 407 756 944
Lic. No: 176139C
Hello my name is Paul
McKinley I am a self taught stonemason although I had the
privilege to sub contract to the late Master Stonemason Sid
Bagley on a stone French Chateau in 1984-85.
I attained my stonemasonry
certificate at Grandville TAFE in 1986. Obtained stonemaronry license from
the Builders Licensing Board August 1986. In 1990 I was invited
to teach Stonemasonry at Ryde College of TAFE by Ray McInerney.
Ray Initiated the course mainly due to the need to teach
landscapers the trade as there was a great increase in the use of natural
stone incorporated into current landscape design trends. I was
delighted to teach this course for Four years. In 1996 I was
again invited to teach Stonemasonry at Richmond TAFE in the
newly formed Landscape Dept. I had the pleasure to teach many
fine students for two years.
Employment: In 1983 I was
employed to construct two stone gate houses and a large stone
barn by Mr. Robert Smit. Robert had acquired large quantities of
second-hand dimension stone from various locations around Sydney.
Due to varying sizes available a random squared stone design was
chosen with outstanding results. Hand hewn ironbark beams were
used over barn door openings for that rustic look. After working
for almost 12 months I had found my vocation;
something about strength and durability ; building in stone is a
I decided to concentrate my
masonry skills on the construction of stone homes in the Hills
and Hawkesbury regions of northern Sydney so 25 or so stone
homes later my vocation continues.
In the following pages you
will see various styles of stonework ranging from houses &
barns, fireplaces, bridges & artwork, gateways & piers ,
retaining walls, restorations and cladding. I hope these pages
will enlighten you to use stone in your future projects
Regards Paul McKinley