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Mark Mendel has been an innovator in stonework for over 20 years. He began his career in Maine apprenticing with master masons Merton Reynolds and Guy Leeman and has since traveled the country designing and building in stone and brick. A master now himself, he is a mentor, teacher, lecturer, and founder of Monterey Masonry. He encourages the use of period materials and historic techniques in both 18th century restoration and in his 21st century designs. In addition to his masonry, Mark is a poet, a sculptor and Zen Buddhist.

“Made by hand the craft object bears the fingerprints, real or metaphorical, of the person who fashioned it. These fingerprints are not the equivalent of the artist’s signature, for they are not a name. Nor are they a mark or a brand. They are a sign; the almost invisible scar commemorating our original brotherhood or sisterhood.”
–Octavio Paz

“Seeing and Using: Art and craftsmanship,” Convergences: Essays on Art and Literature (Harcourt Brace, 1987)

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