Old Castle Shop

Welcome to The Old Castle Shop, our stone masonry, timber framing, iron working, and woodworking shop.
This is the stone and wood working shop for Burg Jägerhof , our medieval castle.
From this shop we worked on the various tasks that were required to build our castle and now to maintain our castle.
This website is where we deal with working and building with stone, slate, bricks, blocks, and ways of working with masonry products. We are primarily stone masons and work with all types of natural stone on our projects.
And we are also timber framers, woodworkers, and blacksmiths. So we work with and build with various cuts of timber, timbers, logs, types of wood, iron, and we hand carve wood.
Most of our tools are hand tools, by choice. But a few machine and power tools make the job faster and are used in our shop and also on the job sites.
In addition we are blacksmiths working with wrought iron and ironworkers working with welding tools. To mold, shape, work and build with iron we use the forge and when the job requires, we use modern welding tools.
At a later time we may have our school open again. This school has masonry, timber working, woodcarving, and blacksmithing classes.

The books on masonry, stone mason tools, and equipment on this page are offered for sale in association with Amazon.com.
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New interesting articles dealing with stone masonry, medieval castle builders, timberframing links, and other information pertaining to stone and timber construction are being added all the time.

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Masonry Books and Building Construction Informational Web Pages

Masonry & Timber links

National Concrete Masonry Association Homepage .
An online resource for concrete and masonry information.

Masonry Institute of Washington HomePage .
Technical resources: bulletins, glossary, links, information, and handbooks: including the Northwest Masonry Guide.

Glossary of Masonry and Stone Working Terminology from Huckleberry Stone Supply .
This is an extensive glossary of masonry and stone working terminology.

Timber framers organization Timber Framers Guild .
A non-profit educational membership association dedicated to the craft of timber framing. This guild serves as a center of timber frame information and designs for the professional and the general public.
Members of this shop are members of this fine organization.

Cascade Joinery Homepage.
Custom designs and constructs unique timber framed homes and buildings. Home based in the Pacific Northwest.

Mutual Materials.
The premier manufacturer and distributor of brick and concrete products in the Pacific Northwest. Includes concrete block, residential brick, and manufactured stones.

Marenakos Rock Center.
The place in the Pacific Northwest where masonry contractors, builders and landscapers can find just about any size, type, and quantity of quality stones for large and small projects.

Cedar Bureau Homepage.
An excellent source for information on using cedar wood for roofing material. Has a useful online manual.

Huckleberry Stone Supply .
North America's Largest Quarrier of Basalt. Huckleberry Stone Supply has been serving satisfied customers for over 25 years.

The Dry Stone Conservancy.
The Dry Stone Conservancy works to preserve existing dry-laid stone structures, and to revive and promote the ancient craft of dry stone masonry.

Stone Foundation Society.
The Stone Foundation is a society of stonemasons and others involved with and/or interested in stone, stonework and stone art. Publisher of STONEXUS Magazine, the highly regarded periodical publication of the Stone Foundation is available only to the member/subscribers.

The Stone Circle.
A Webring devoted to Stone Circles, Megaliths and other Prehistoric Sites around the world.
Sites featured include hundreds of images, travel guides, archaeology, and archaeoastronomy.

StoneFest 2008.
4th Annual StoneFest Masonry School; September 17-20, 2008
This four-day school of learning and sharing covers building with stone, using mortar and dry stack methods, sculptural and architectural carving, traditional lettering, mortar, and tools. One project this year is to build a dry stack stone bridge, no mortar or rebar will be used.
To view photographs of the planning, building, and completion of the dry stack stone bridge, Click Here.

StoneFest 2009.
5th Annual StoneFest Stone Masonry School; Septemer 15-19, 2009
Marenakos Rock Center, Preston, Washington
The 5th Annual StoneFest will address both traditional and contemporary methods of working with stone in architectural, landscape and sculptural contexts. These educational classes offer a unique opportunity for the stonemason, the stone carver, architect, landscape designer, or simply anyone who simply wants to further their knowledge of working with stone. Learn with professionals from the natural stone industry with hands-on learning projects, presentations, demonstrations, audio/visual talks and discussion forums.

StoneFest Masonry Books.
These books are useful for understanding traditional stone masonry methods taught in some of these classes for 2009.

StoneFest 2010.
6th Annual Stone Masonry School; Septemer 13-17, 2010.
Marenakos Rock Center, Preston, Washington
The 6th Annual StoneFest features a challenging project. This is the building of a large stone beehive structure, called a Clochan. The Clochan will be designed and built in the traditional Irish style, while incorporating contemporary design techniques.
Click on for complete details of this project and for all of the other masonry and stone carving classes.

Stone, Brick, and Block Masonry Tools

Select your stone, brick, and block masonry tools from these tool suppliers.
Trow and Holden Company, Bon, Coopertools, AMPCO, Vaughan And Bushnell, Stanley Consumer Tools, Olympia Industrial, Estwing, Barco Industries, Rocket, and Marshalltown Trowel Company.

  1. Stone Masonry and Bricklaying Hammers
    Select from dozens of stone and brick masonry tools, including bricklayers hammers, stone mason sledges, stone splitting wedges, slab spitters, rock picks, pneumatic stone carving hammers, and much more.
  2. Stone Masonry Hand Tools
    Select additional masonry tools, including Stainless Steel Masonry Trowels, Chisels, Hammers, 48" Masonry Levels, Paver Extracting Tongs, powered masonry saws, Masonry Grinding Wheels, Masonry Drill Bit Sets, Masonry Drill Bit, Carbide-Tipped Spiral Drill Bits, Brushes, Mason's Gloves, and much more.
  3. Masonry Hammers
    A large section of masonry hammers and equipment. Including Chipping hammers, Rock picks, Rock hammers, Soft stone hammers, Professional brick hammers, Stone splitting wedges, Hand hammers, Round hammers, and Tile stting hammers.
  4. Masonry Hammers
    A great selection of masonry hammers and hammer sets made by Trow and Holden Company.
  5. Masonry Chisels
    A great selection of masonry chisels and chisel sets made by Trow and Holden Company.
  6. Masonry Tools
    An additional selection of masonry hammers and chisels made by Trow and Holden Company.
  7. Masonry Tools & Equipment
    Stone, brick, block, and concrete work tools and equipment.
  8. Masonry Power Saws
    Masonry saws from Makita, Pro-grade, Hitachi, Dewalt, Diamond Turbo, MK Diamond, and others.
  9. Masonry Power Saws
    Additional masonry saws from Core Cut, ICS, Makita, Pro-grade, Hitachi, Dewalt, Diamond Turbo, MK Diamond, and others.
  10. Masonry Saw Blades
    Masonry saw blades from Target, Longer Diamond Tools, Granite City Tool, Diamond Products, MK Diamond, Norton, DeWalt, Vermont American, Ali Industries, ICS, Bullard Abrasives, Bosch, and more.
  11. Electric Power Generators
    The Old Castle Shop tool grib has a large assortment of electrical power generators to fit your construction equipment needs.
  12. Rebar Cutters
    Select from more that seventy rebar cutters, including those that will cut any size rebar up to #6.
    Models include Electric Rebar Cutters, portable Electric and Cordless Rebar Cutters, Hydraulic Rebar Cutter, and several models that are both a Rebar Cutter & Bender.

Building Construction Books and Magazines

  • Timber Framing and Log Construction Book Center
    The Old Castle Shop Book Center's excellent selection of timber building construction and engineering books.
  • Building Construction Magazines.
    Subscription selections include Architectural Review, Fine Homebuilding, Journal of Light Construction, Building Design & Construction, Timber Framing, Brick Bulletin, and Masonry Construction.
  • Masonry Books
    Lübeck Haus Bookstore's excellent selection of masonry books covering stone, concrete, block, and brick.
  • Stone Masonry Kindle Books
    Lübeck Haus Bookstore's excellent selection of masonry kindle books covering stone masonry.
  • Lime Mortar Books
    Lübeck Haus Bookstore's excellent selection of masonry books covering the making and using lime mortars.
  • Timber Working Books
    We have for sale several timber framing and log construction books for your consideration.
  • Blacksmithing Books
    We have for sale several blacksmithing and working with wrought iron books for your consideration.
  • Professional & Technical Books
    Browse for the building construction books that you need and for additional professional & technical books.
  • Engineering and Technical Books
    Browse for the building engineering books that you need and for additional engineering & technical books.
  • Building Trade Magazines
    Includes Masonry Construction, Masonry, Concrete Construction, Roofing Constractor, Professional Builder-Reed, and Construction News.

Old Castle Shop Timber Framing Store

Visit the Timber Framing Store .
Offers a selection of timber framing tools, timber framing books and eBooks, power generators, logging tools, and construction equipment.

Building Construction Contractor's Equipment and Tools

  • Construction Contractor's Equipment
    Explore and browse a great selection of equipment and tools for almost any construction contractor's job.
  • Construction Contractor's Tools
    Explore and browse a huge selection of hand tools for almost any construction contractor's job or any other job.
  • Portable AC Power Generators
    Portable AC Power Generators made by Brigs & Stratton, Power Max, Buffalo Tools, Coleman, Porter Cable, Yamaha, and others.
  • Heavy Duty AC Power Generators
    Presents an assortment of electrical power generators, accessories, and heavy duty power cords to fit your construction equipment needs.
  • Hard Hats & Liners
    Includes hard hats and liners from leading maufacturers. Plus a selection of "Hard Hat Required" signs.
  • Carpenter's Tools
    Power tools, router tables, drills, hammers, tool belts, carpenter's apron, nail pouches, carpenter's square, much more.
  • Hand Tools.
    Anvils, Axes & Picks, Brushes, Chisels, Cutters, Drywall Tools, Hand Planes, Handsaws, Measuring & Layout Tools,Painting Tools & supplies, Pliers, Pry Bars, Screwdrivers, Socket Sets Tool Sets, Trowels, Wrenches, and more.
  • Table Saws
    Offers a selection of table saws from leading manufacturers of power saw tables. Plus power saw blades, saw blades and accessories, and saw including
  • Power Tools.
    Air Compressors, Cordless Tools, Drill Presses, Drills, Power Generators, Lathes, Milling Machines, Nailers & Staplers, Planers, Plate Joiners, Routers, Sand Blasters, Sanders, Sawmills, Saws, Welding Equipment, and more.
  • Power Tool Accessories
    Accessories for and including, Abrasive Wheels, Drill Bits & Sets, Engines, Chain Saws, Cordless Tools, Grinders, Laths, Log Splitters, Polishing Pads & Bonnets, Routers, Sanders, Saws, Screwdriver Bits, Water-Pumps, and more.
  • AC Power Generators
    These AC power generators packages include 115 VAC & 440 VAC power generators manufactured by Amico, Buffalo Tools, Briggs & Stratton, Coleman, Dewalt, Porter-Cable, Powermate, and PowerMax.
  • Building Supplies & Heavy Equipment
    Building Supplies & Heavy Equipment, Building Materials, Construction Machinery, Hydraulics, Ladders & Scaffolding, and Agricultural Equipment.
  • Contractor's Scaffolding
    We carry construction grade scaffolding, contractor-grade stackable portable scaffolding, planks, wall jacks, cross braces, out riggers, and screw jacks from leading manufacturers.

Men's Work Clothing

  • Men's Work Clothing
    Clothing from leading clothing manufacturers including Carhartt, Dickies Levi, and Wrangler.
  • Men's Work Boots
    Men's work boots from leading footware manufacturers including Carhartt, DeWalt, La Crosse, Red Wing, Wolverine, and Western Chief.
  • Men's Work Jackets
    Men's work jackets from leading work jacket manufacturers including Carhartt, Dickies, and Port Authority.
  • Work Hard Hats
    Men's hard hats from leading work hard hat manufacturers.
  • Men's Winter Underware
    Select winter underware from leading clothing manufacturers.
  • Filson Hunting Jackets
    Offers Filson hunting jackets and Woolrich hunting shirts.
  • Men's Hunting Jackets
    Clothing from leading clothing manufacturers including Carhartt, Dickies Levi, and Wrangler.
  • Mens Nordic Sweaters
    Browse an selection of Icelandic and Norwegian sweaters.
  • Meindl Outdoor Boots
    This selection of men and women boots includes Cabela's Alaska Hiking Boots, Men's Cabela's Northern Explorer Pac Boots, MEINDL Respond Mid GTX Men's Boots, MEINDL Burma Pro MFS Men's Boots, and Meindl Tampa Junior Mid XCR Shoes.
  • Warm Wool Socks
    Browse through this selection of warm men's and women's wool socks.


  • Woodcarving Tools
    Offers a selection of woodcarving tools, woodcarving tool kits, and books.
  • Woodcarving Books .
    Browse through hundreds of choices for woodcarving books.
  • Woodcarving Books .
    Browse through hundreds of choices for woodcarving books, and several woodcarving DVDs.

Timber Framing & Log Construction

Masonry and Timber Working Tools

  • Lee Valley Tools is excellent sources for hardware, woodworking and timberframing tools.    Click Here To Visit
    Lee Valley Tools has been meeting the needs of serious woodworkers and gardeners for over 25 years as one of the leading mail-order and retail suppliers of woodworking tools, gardening tools, and cabinet hardware.
    The research, development and manufacturing division of Lee Valley Tools, Veritas® Tools, continues to be one of the most innovative hand-tool design firms in the world, producing unique and high-quality products.

  • Woodcraft Company has an excellant line of woodworking tools and timberframing tools.    Click Here To Visit
    Includes wood carving tools & chisels, hardware, planes, spokeshaves, power tools & accessories, router bits, saws, files & rasps, timber Framing tools, vises & clamps, books, videos, and much more.

Iron Supplies and Iron Working Links

King Iron Works, Inc.
King Iron Works offers a wide range of hand-designer iron, custom yet modern wrought iron: iron gates, iron doors, iron railings, iron fenses, iron supplies, and custom items built to your design.

King Architectural Metals.
Hand forged ornamental and construction iron for iron fences, iron gates, metal railing or iron staircase project. Includes Koenig Eisen section: Hand forged decorative wrought iron. Carries plain and decorative hardware and tools needed to finish your job.


For a complete description with pictures, click on Shewell Island.
Shewell Island is 164 acre private island, located close to Knight inlet in the enterance to Tribune Channel. This is one of the most phenomenal regions of the British Columbia, Canadian coast with Knight Inlet being one of the largest mainland fjords.

Shewell Island is an ideal location for a castle, or a large log and stone lodge with timber framing structure details.
We own the island, to visit Shewell Island contact Ed Handja in Canada for purchase details. His contact information is on the website.

A Medieval Castle Construction Project

A Castle in the Making
The Guédelon castle project offers a unique opportunity to study and to witness the different stages of a medieval castle's construction, each phase being of interest in its own right.
In the heart of Puisaye, in Yonne, Burgundy, France, a team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat: that is to build a castle using the very same construction techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages.

A Collection Of Medieval Castle Pictres Links

BURGEN: Medieval to 1900's

  • Burg Eltz
    An excellent example of a German castle.
    This castle is at the confluence of the Moselle and Eltz Rivers above the town of Mosel Kern, near Koblenz, Rhineland-Pfalz.

  • Burg Stahleck
    This is a large castle over looking the Rhine River valley near Bacharach, Rhineland-Pfalz.

  • Burg Heidenreichstein
    Burg Heidenreichstein is a fine castle in Niederösterreich, Austria.

  • Burg Heidenreichstein
    A clasp view of the southern wall.

  • Burg Greifenstein
    Greifenstein an der Donau. Burg Greifenstein on the Danube River.

  • Festung Groppenstein
    A grand view of Fortress Groppenstein in the Mölltal valley above the village of Obervellach, Kärnten, Austria.

  • Burg Mauterndorf
    Die Burg Mauterndorf liegt im Lungau, im südlichsten Gau des Bundeslandes Salzburg.

  • Burg Marksburg
    Die Marksburg bei Braubach am Rhein.
    A good view of this fine castle and the headquarters for the organization of German castles.
    (Der Deutschen Burgenvereinigung).

  • Burg Seebenstein
    Burg Seebenstein im Wechselgebiet. Close-up of wall details.

  • Burg Rappottenstein
    Blick auf Burg Rappottenstein im Waldviertel im Winter.

  • Festung Hohensalzburg
    Built in 1077, this fortress stands guard above Salzburg, Austria.
    In addition read about some of the interesting history of Salzburg.

  • Festung Hohensalzburg
    A panoramic view of Festung Hohensalzburg.

  • Burg Klammstein
    An interesting castle site. All text is in German.

  • Burg Hochosterwitz
    Festung bei Launsdorf, Kärnten(Carinthia), Austria.

  • Burg Bourscheid
    Medieval Burg in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
    Photo, history, castle plot plan, and other information.
    Text is in German.

SCHLÖSSER: Middle Ages to 1900's

Castles Click Here
Additional web sites for medieval German castle pictures, castle history, German castle web rings and other important information.

Masonry and Timber Links

For a list of masonry, timberframing, and site development contractors Click Here

For a list of timberframing links Click Here

Castle Building Project

We are planning to build and are laying the ground work for a mid size castle to be built in the State of Washington. This full size stone and timber castle will be built along the style of a medieval period castle that could be found today in the Alps Mountain region of Europe. This castle will be of the Burg configeration rather than a Schloss. We will not copy any particular existing castle, but will design this castle from the ground up.
For details of this project, please visit Medieval Castle Builders .

Wrought Iron And Forge Project Links

  • Iron Gates
    A picture of the North Gate on our Forestry Research Station and Tree Farm.

Off Site Hot Links

Lübeck Haus Store Contractor's Department
Looking for construction equipment or that special tool, and at prices that you need?
Browse though this expanded list of our construction contractor's equipment and tools to find what you need.

Lübeck Haus Store Contractor's Equipment & Supply
Construction Contractor's and Home Owner's Supply has construction equipment, hardware, power and hand tools, plus exceptional tool values.
Construction Books
Lübecks Bookstore's excellent selection of stone, masonry, and timber construction books.
Building Construction Books
Lübecks Bookstore's excellent selection of building construction and engineering books.
Lübeck Haus Bookstore
This is our highly recommended choice for a good bookstore providing books on stone masonry, timber framing books, and building with logs. Plus engineering and construction books and manuals.
Lübeck Haus Bookstore
Engineering books, Reference books and handbooks, Scientific books and textbooks, Mathematics books, Law books, Medical books, Business books, Professional Encyclopedias and Journals, and other books for professionals.
Lübeck Haus Bookstore
Visit this store for books, music CD's, movies, kindle readers, kindle books, home and office electronics, computers, cellular phones, professional software, computer & game software, hardware, power & hand tools, clothing, magazines, toys and games.
Boulder Creek Trading Post
Visit the Boulder Creek Trading Post and the Engineering and Technical Section of the Boulder Creek Bookstore.
Lübeck Haus Art Gallery
Offers a large selection of more than 500,000 fine art prints, wall posters, wall tapestries, photographs, and sculptures. Including many wall posters and art prints dealing with architecture, construction, bridges, famous building, castles, cathedrals, log cabins, and other structures.
Medieval Castle Builders
This site is a source of information, ideas, and additional help for those brave and daring builders who are planning to build, are building, or perhaps do own and maintain a medieval castle.
We are talking real full size stone and timber medieval castles designed and patterned after existing castles in Europe.
Castle Videos
Lübeck Haus has a good selection of videos about medieval castle, knights, mansions, and palaces.
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Audio Books
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Books on CDs
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Visit These Other Websites

  • The Pacific Mountain Masonry Website Directory.
    Your online source for power and hand tools, stone masonry tools, construction contractor's equipment, stone masonry and timber framing books, log building construction books and tools, and how-to books for building contractors.

  • The Kings Street Market Market Directory.
    Visit The Kings Street Market Directory for a variety of shopping stores and bookstores.

  • The Kings Gate Lodge Outfitter's Department.
    Our Outfitter's Department offers quality hunting, fishing, camping equipment and supplies, outdoor clothing, food, and books at competitive prices.

  • Washington Institute of Dendrology Research Dendrology Research Center
    A scientific and educational non-profit corporation providing vital pathology and entomology research facilities and funding to find safe and better ways to control and/or to eradicate many of the most damaging invasive tree diseases and insects that harm and adversely effect our forest trees, shade trees, and fruit and nut trees.

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This page was last reviewed July 18, 2015.