Since 1978 Josh has been Miami's premiere builder of stone structures. I got to know Josh back then. We were learning the craft as we helped build the 300-foot wall across from the Grove Playhouse.
(Whoops. the app I use to write this blog went nuts and made the rest of this piece small. I tried to correct it but it won't let me. Have you a magnifying glass? I will try to fix it again later)
We learned from the pros, Bahamian masons like Renfrew Stewart and Alphonso Benebee.
It's still a thrill to pass by my 50-foot section and see the rocks I pieced together forty years ago. There are mini-sculptures within in it that I'll show you sometime.
Two weeks of stone masonry was enough for me but fortunately, Josh Billig is still at it with his successful business, "Rockers". His beautiful creations are all over South Florida.
Here are a few,
Carrolton School on Main Highway
The entrance to Fairchild Gardens' vistors center.
The Billig's mailbox
One of Josh's best works is still in progress. It's the entrance of The Moorings, the gated community on Main Highway.
Six hundred and fifty feet long, Josh and his crew have been working on it for over a year (it took a year and a half just to get permits).
Stop by and see this cut-stone beauty. The hardest part, building the columns, is almost done. Josh expects the wall to be completed in February.
Each stone is carefully cut on this huge chop saw.
For more information on Josh's coral rock creations, visit his website, www.RockersStone.com .
His business partner (and wife), Michelle, can explain everything.
To see how Josh and his crew assemble these natural wonders stop by The Moorings. They're building their latest masterpiece one rock at a time.