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Laying the last stone on Maxwell’s house: Manitoulin Island (VIDEO link in post)

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Steve started work on his limestone farmhouse 31 years ago, gathering rocks from local fields while living in a tent.

Last November, we ran a cover story on how Steve Maxwell built a limestone farmhouse on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

The house took 31 years to complete. Raising five children and other business and construction obligations meant that Steve and his wife, Mary, worked with their bare hands on the stonework when they could, here and there.

Two weeks ago, Steve laid the date-of-completion stone at the apex of the house. Here’s the video link…

Here’s what Steve wrote:


“In July 1987, I laid the first stone for what would be the basement of my homestead house on Manitoulin Island, Canada. On July 26, 2018 I laid the last stone in the last of four peaks in this stone house. I’ve worked on this place in my spare time while raising my family and earning a living to support them, so it’s been a long time coming. My son, Robert, and I made a video to commemorate the “last stone” event.”


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