Cheech was a great guy to work for and
had a genuine sense of humor. He originally hired this
particular mason to construct a walkway strong enough to
keep his house on the bluff and provide easy access to the
surf. When the job was over, his only lament was, "gee, all
I really wanted was to get down to the beach. Instead I got
the Taj Mahal."
The outdoor fireplace was a combination
smoker, BBQ, and outside kitchen with the proverbial sink
thrown in."Wow, you should put something in there, like a
whale or a fish..." Cheech casually remarked about the
chimney as he was leaving for work one day. The next morning
a template for a dolphin appeared and its image was rendered
in picture flagstone literally hand delivered by a quarryman
from Arizona. One would have to look closely to see that
almost all the contour lines are contiguous on each piece.
In other words, the flagstone was first broken into small
parts, then the gray lines running as veins through the
stone were carefully matched to the exact contour of the
dolphin shape. Those pieces were then trimmed, set, and
grouted to make the composite image.