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January 26, 2006 7:29 AM CST

Frazier Quarry Promotes Masonry

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The limited availability of stonemasons in Harrisonburg has prompted Frazier Quarry Inc. to scour the community for students willing to contribute to, what Quarry Vice President Bibb Frazier calls, "the dying art" of stone masonry.

To boost the short supply of stonemasons in the area, Frazier Quarry is sponsoring a six-week stonemason class for high school students at the Massanutten Technical Center.

Over the next five years, Frazier Quarry will assist in providing $2,000 each year toward the salary for an experienced stonemason to teach the course. They will also provide $1,500 each year for tools and materials.

Frazier said that the minimal supply of stonemasons in the area, compared to the current demand, has raised the cost of hiring these skilled professionals within the region. He said he hopes the classes will result in more stonemasons, which in turn would make masonry work more affordable for homeowners.


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