Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Andrew Swinley Praises Indiana Limestone
“I’ve known it since 2002,” Swinley said. “I think it’s a great stone. It’s relatively soft and takes a good edge. Yet it’s quite durable out in the open – this is a good reliable stone that won’t fall to pieces. It weathers quite nicely.”
The award honors “one craftsman who has physically performed outstanding stone fabrication and/or installation over a period of many years,” according to the MIA+BSI website. A successful candidate must have served as an apprentice stonemason, then risen through the ranks to superintendent. Candidates must also demonstrate “a solid track record of leadership and mentorship.”
Swinley said the color variations available in Indiana Limestone are helpful to a stone-carving artisan. “I do like the gray stuff and the buff,” he said.
“It really covers everything,” he said. “I can use it for all sorts or carving. It’s nicer to work with it dry than wet.”
“It’s great to see Andrew recognized for many years of skill, hard work, and extraordinary artistic expression,” said Tim Pick, Indiana Limestone Company’s Canada sales manager. “Canada has a long history of top-level craftsmanship, and many of our best artisans love to work with Indiana Limestone.”