Dry-stack stonework is a time-tested and durable technique. It's how the Roman arches hang together! And as goes the Roman Empire, so goes Harvey Fite. Mr. Fite died at the age of 72 only a few years short of completing the walls, ramps and stairways, placid pools, murky moats and subterranean passageways of his dreams.
And how, you ask, did this stonemason bite the dust?
He died Darwin dumb, to be honest. While riding a lawn mower, Harvey zoomed out onto a precipice and fell into his own stone quarry. And snap, just like that he was stone dead! On the sunny side, this artist loved where he lived & and died where he loved. Surely his heart still resides in this amazing grace amazing place.
Gotta love a Darwin Award winner with such dedication in life and in death. Today, forty years down that rocky road, his heirs and successors are squabbling over his legacy according to the New York Times report that brought this noble Darwin Award to our attention.
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