Lew French Lew was born in the small farming town of Zumbrota, Minnesota. He started to work with stone in his late teens. He moved to Martha's Vineyard over 25 years ago where he has worked exclusively on his own stone designs for both private and commercial clients. Lew’s work is characterized by his mastery of ‘dry’ setting stone (using a minimal use of mortar) and his ability to weave together various types of stone. He believes that every stone has its natural place and fit, and that altering or modifying the original shape of the stone takes away from its natural beauty and integrity. This respect for and treatment of the stone results in projects that have an organic and ancient look. In his own words: When I first started working with stone back in my late teens, I quickly developed a passion for it. All of a sudden I started noticing stonework a lot more, every time I would see a stone wall or an old castle I would stop and take a moment to examine how it was built and image the work that went into building it. As a mason you definitely do appreciate quality stonework at a different level, as you have a pretty good idea at the amount of work that went into it. You also have a great respect for masters of the craft, who motivate and inspire you on a continuous basis. For over 30 years now, Lew has been producing exceptionally crafted, one of a kind pieces, from stone features in the landscape to the breathtaking interiors finishes and fireplaces. His work has been featured in The New York Times, House Beautiful, House and Garden Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Metropolitan Home. He has also been featured on HGTV's Modern Masters and local programs in the Northeast, including National Public Radio, as well as CBS TV Sunday Morning.