Stephen was introduced to stone in 2004 when he started working for a masonry company in his native New Hampshire. After years of building with granite fieldstone, his appreciation of the stonemasonry craft became a passion. When he came to Nashville in 2013, he briefly worked as a stone fabricator carving pool copings, wall caps, and step treads out of the nearby Indiana limestone. He got his first taste of sculpture when he spent the following summer on Whidbey Island in Washington State where he met many stone sculptors through the Freeland Art Studio that showed him the countless varieties of decorative stones and their techniques for working each one. Back in Nashville, he worked as an architectural stone carver creating ornamental fireplaces and letter carvings using traditional methods. In 2016, he launched Hutchins Stoneworks which has allowed him to incorporate art, masonry, preservation, and stone carving in one entity. His latest project has been restoring and preserving Nashville’s downtown City Cemetery in conjunction with the Metro Historic Commission.
I have a story to tell about almost all of the stones that I use for my art, from the smallest bowl found on my favorite hiking trail in New Hampshire to my largest free-form sculpture made of historic Nashville limestone. I am constantly amazed by the patterns of mineral compositions in stone and enjoy revealing its beauty.