An Appreciation of Stone (8)

posted/09/00/06
Firepit; Rick Anderson style.

This is a firepit area I designed for a client, my thought process was simple here: What if Fred Flintstone was a Landscape Designer?

Thats how I came up with the stone seating for the circle, a ring of stones for the fireplace, and of course a stone bridge over the stream spilling into the pond. This was only a couple of weeks after completion and thats why everything still looks so pristine.

The seats are recycled from old barn foundation stone and I think they add a real sense of permanence here. A couple of great things about stone seats:

  • They never need painted.
  • No need to bring them in during the winter.
  • Guaranteed not to rust.
  • A heavy person cannot break them.
  • Almost impossible to steal !!!

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

1 comment

  1. 9 comments:

    Blackswamp_Girl said…

    Fred Flintstone, huh? Does that say something about your client in this case? 😉 Just kidding!

    I love the stone seats–am absolutely drooling over them.
    3:40 PM
    Rick Anderson said…

    Ah, so you want some then?

    Actually when I 1st mentioned Fred they looked at me as though I was crazy, then realizing it was ME . . . they said “sure, put ’em in”.
    3:51 PM
    SSX8 said…

    i loved flinstones hehehe/
    10:30 PM
    Ancient Clown said…

    I really like your designs here with the o’natural feel. I’m often perplexed at man’s arrogence in his destruction of creation to bring about something ‘less beautiful’ and not nearly as ‘long lasting’.
    It’s nice to see someone with the vision to create with creation instead of trying to create over it.
    My respect.
    your humble servant,
    Ancient Clown
    11:09 PM
    Orhan Kahn said…

    What if Fred Flintstone was a Landscape Designer?

    I lol’d.

    It does look impressive. Great effort.
    8:16 AM
    Blackswamp_Girl said…

    Definitely! Are they comfy to sit in, or would you want to bring a cushion out with you?
    7:05 PM
    Rick Anderson said…

    Thanks for all the great compliments, as to the cushion . . . well I guess that would depend on; ahem, ah . . . uh your on personal cushion, if you know what I mean.

    I will always respect the natural World we can only do our best to compliment her.

    Finally I’m glad everyone likes the Flintstone analogy . . .
    12:28 AM
    Laura said…

    Actually, it reminded me of Stonehenge. Wicked awesome 🙂
    10:49 PM
    Anonymous said…

    I love the design but the fire “pit” seems a bit unpractical. Maybe some larger stone and a depression would ease in clean-up and maintenance. I love your site keep up the great work.
    Fellow landscape designer,
    Gil L.

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