Lamination. North Americas first and only constructed building using machined volcanic Tuff.

Machine carved volcanic Tuff blocks assembled without mortar and featuring a lamination cut and created keystone block. San Juan Capistrano.

Lamination is the assemblage of materials using an adhesive, then grinding down the joined materials to create an even or level plain.

(Above image) Volcanic Tuff and green material lamination via high-speed cutting, grinding, and polishing.

The machined volcanic tuff blocks are interlocked side by side with no mortar.  Carved on the blocks of stone are some animal figures.

Can you guess the animal in the below image?

What image is this?

Each stone block has a carving that has undergone much erosion over a long time yet is still visible.

The translucent green material is perfectly flush set with the volcanic rock (Tuff)

I will demonstrate this lamination technique using sandstone and blue colored glass.

Sandstone and blue glass.

High speed grinding allows for perfect straight lines and surfaces.

(Below) The sandstone and blue glass are joined together using an adhesive.

(Below) The joined glass and sandstones are placed on a flat lap and made smooth.

Regardless of the material’s hardness or toughness, each material is machined evenly. After the laminated stonework is created, it can be carved. (Below) machined star holes in glass and sandstone as was once created by our ancient ancestors.

Only high-speed aggregate removal can achieve this level of construction.

In order for the ancients to laminate large blocks of stone (volcanic Tuff), they would first need to extract the Tuff using large equipment.

Ignore all the primitive adobe and filler located on top and filling the sides, focus on the machined blocks of Tuff only as this is North Americas first and only known machined tuff construction.

To build this temple with a laminated keystone block in the center, thousands of blocks of precision-cut 2 foot plus blocks must be extracted and created.

After extraction, 90-degree cuts are made to make blocks.

Once the preformed Tuff blocks are made, they must be hauled over 200 miles to San Juan Capistrano where final clean up, carving, and assembly without mortar.

North Americas first and only construction using machined volcanic Tuff.

Today, thanks to our ancient ancestors, I use this technique of lamination for gem art.

Laminating materials together and cutting into form is part and parcel to ancient machining and the theme to my art.

The skeletal portion of the ruin in San Juan Capistrano is North America’s first and only ruin made of machined volcanic Tuff. The adobe and other added primitive construction techniques are not advanced, they were added later much later and poorly attempted.

The large carved volcanic blocks at Capistrano are of an ancient machining technology now mostly hidden under a canopy of adobe and primitive filler.

WAKE UP!…….. Please.


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