Hi! My name is Frank Sprague and I am a master stone mason and welder.
I’ve been working with wood, metal and stone all my life and I would love to create a special piece for your home or garden.
I make customized stone birdbaths and benches for clients throughout the country. Every item is unique and my pieces use a variety of materials, including Vermont fieldstone and Potomac marble.
I also am a welder and make iron gates, shepherd’s hooks, railings, fences and much more. Take a look at the photos on this site to get a sense of the type of projects I do.
Please browse through the photo albums of my work. Many of these items have been sold, but I look forward to speaking with you about your special project and crafting an item to your specifications. I add photos to this site frequently, so please check back often!
Please contact me to learn more about my work, references from past customers, and to receive estimates for specific projects.
Stone Puddles was conceived in the summer of 2009 with the goal to have a shop for my welding business, while affording me space to start doing custom stone creations that were my passion. The business took off for both sides, but unfortunately hit a big hurdle in the late summer of 2011.
Tropical Storm Irene hit Wilmington Vermont on August 28. No one could have imagined a storm of this magnitude in the hills of Vermont. In the span of 4 hours, we were hit with 13 inches of water, equivalent to 26 swimming pools being dropped on every acre of land. This torrent of water came down off the mountains and into the narrow rivers, including the Deerfield, to which my shop was adjacent.
Within hours, the nearby field had become a lake, and my 12 foot high doors, were almost completely underwater, including all of my equipment, inventory, tools, and more. This was devastating to my business.
Thankfully, with a lot of hard work, friends' help, loans, and grants, I was able to get a new site across the road and up the hill, and build a new building. It was no small investment, but I continue to do what I love hoping that it will pay off.
It's been a long road to recovery, but the new shop is more than I could have ever hoped for, and allows me to do larger projects, with more space, and to store more equipment and creations displayed on site.