About Kim Harwood Stonework
I have been building dry laid stone landscapes in Western Massachusetts since 1999. After working with Little and Reid Garden Design in Amherst, MA from 1999-2001, I established Kim Harwood Stonework in 2002. My mission with Kim Harwood Stonework is to create beautiful works of functional stone art that will enhance the landscape and endure over time. I feel fortunate to have found a profession that so perfectly suits my passions for creating beauty, being outdoors, and doing satisfying physical work.
My work has a distinctive style in which carefully selected stones, usually of more than one kind, are fit tightly along clean lines with graceful curves. Careful attention is given to the balance and proportion of shapes and colors in the choice and placement of individual stones. I work most often with mica schist from Goshen, Cummington, and Ashfield, MA; accented with cobble stones from Sunderland, MA; and built on a base of crushed basalt from Amherst, MA. Some work has incorporated boulders, granite, blue stone, field stone, river stone, marble, beach pebbles, or other hardscaping materials selected by my clients. I am always open to working with new materials and trying new kinds of stone construction.
I work closely with my clients to develop custom creative designs that emphasize elegance and beauty while meeting utilitarian and architectural needs. The majority of my experience has been in the building of walls, walkways, patios, and steps. I have done some veneer work, and have also built a few fire pits and stone benches. However, I am still looking forward to receiving my first commissions for fireplaces, water features, arches, bridges, and moongates.
Nowadays I usually work alone or with just one assistant, but over the years I have assembled some fine teams of craftsmen who have worked with me to create the manifestations of my obsession with stone.