Queenslander, Saul Cafarella, is a third-generation stonemason. He helps Matthew Hayden build his fire pit, stone pathway and herb spiral in Matthew Hayden’s Home Ground.
“Stone working is one of the most grounding things you can do,” he says. “I never put my name to jobs because I am only a little passage in the life of a stone. It is usually around for a lot longer than I am. For me a stone is the essence of the earth.”
Stonemasons are in high demand with employers in Australia because it is a dying trade. Stonemasons are involved in working with masonry materials and stone. They prepare and lay hard and soft stone, marble, concrete blocks or slabs and other materials that are involved in building or repairing stone structures, walls or monumental masonry.
Stonemasons can also build things such as retaining walls, fireplaces, water features, stairways, feature walls, barbecues and chimneys.
Brendan Moar, host of LifeStyle Channel’s Dry Spell Gardening, says Saul is the best stonemason he knows! “They’re a dying breed so treat them well,” he warns.
Saul’s commitment, passion and love of his work are evident in everything he does. He says it takes a few days to learn his trade but a lifetime to master it.
Saul says the biggest challenge in Matthew Hayden’s garden was the paving and stepping stone pathway. “It was the most complicated part because we had to get the size of the stones right,” he explains. “The spiral herb garden was also a wonderful challenge because we had to get the shape and curve to flow really nicely.”