Jay built this hearth four years ago. He had the frame welded together by a friend and he used stones from our own land. It's a good hearth; we like how big it is.
My excuse for not scrubbing all the ash and grime out of it before is that I didn't have a proper brush and I kept forgetting to buy one. Today I discovered a capital A in the rock work. And tucked in beside it a capital J. I thought that Jay must have laid it out like this on purpose, but he said he didn't. It must mean that-well who knows? But I like it that our first initials are in our hearth.