Stone masonry - a work of art


  • Feature   Wed, Sep 15th, 2021   Gary West
Pictured left to right are Mohammad, Khaled, Ahmed and Mohamed Alyounes working in making a very colourful field stone wall.


Pictured left to right are Mohammad, Khaled, Ahmed and Mohamed Alyounes working in making a very colourful field stone wall.


When most people think of art, they think of paintings or sculptures, but this story is about four men who are “Stone Carvers” and have taken on the art of stone masonry through the knowledge they received in their home country. These four men are all from the same family in Syria and developed and honed their craft while growing up there.
It was on the North Easthope farm of Roy, Marty and Derrick Lichti that you couldn’t help but notice the professional workmanship that was shown in constructing a stone retaining wall cut from original field stone. When you travel up and down the roads of this Scottish neighbourhood you will notice many stone houses that were built the same way as this wall is being built. There are very few masons that will take on this work now-a-days, as it requires brute strength and ability to cut and place the stones to end up with a masterpiece when complete (like this work looks to be).
In talking with the four men (only one could speak fluent English) they could not say enough about how happy they were to be in Canada and contribute to society through their hard work. Mohammad Alyounes along with his cousins Khaled, Ahmed and uncle Mohamed, fled Lebanon to Syria after the Lebanese civil war and ended up trying to get out of that country when a conflict and uprising began there also. After applying for and receiving landed immigrant status, the extended family made it to Canada, some coming 5 years ago and some 2 years ago. They said they could not be happier to leave behind the constant conflict in their home country. They live in Kitchener with their families and said they will continue to work hard to make a living in Canada. They smiled when this writer said, "you must be adopted Canadians," when I noticed they all had been drinking Tim Hortons Coffee!