An Unexpected Love | Spanning Generations

PASSION. JOY. LOVE. RESPECT. AND A FOUNDATION OF STRENGTH FROM FAMILY. IT’S A TRADE DON WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE – ONE LOOK AT THEIR STONEWORK AND YOU’LL UNDERSTAND WHY.

DON AND ADAM BAKER: DON BAKER MASONRY


When your great-grandfather was a builder, your grandfather was a Depression-era builder with masonry experience, and your father had an almost-indescribable passion for laying brick and stone; you might think that you would have been pushed into masonry construction. But it wasn’t until he was nineteen that this gratifying trade took hold of Don Baker. And it never let go.

Now it’s forty-three years later, and Don’s son Adam will own the company by the end of the year. When we met with the Bakers, Adam’s love for the trade was obvious. We like that kind of passion and put it into every stone we touch.

But the future of Donald Baker Masonry, Inc. didn’t always have big meaning for Adam. Masonry can be hard – which makes it ideal for creating the kind of memories that bring belly-laughs today. Like the 95°F day when Adam’s older sister (a teenager then) announced her disgust for the sweat and filth of the moment by trying to convince her father that maybe quitters weren’t the losers that he made them out to be. Instead, Don helped his kids find the joy in going the extra mile for the customer and each other.

Some soul-searching in college and cross-country travel eventually brought Adam back to a business built on the strength of family. He worked his way up by learning the finest of stone masonry techniques – the very same apprenticeship training Don used to train the rest of the crew.

For this team of highly skilled masons, it’s a tremendously satisfying occupation. And if our stone can be even a small part of these types of project and life successes – that’s what matters.


Video, Photography, and Writing by Tracy Lisowe
Marketing Director | Buechel Stone Corp.

True Story by Buechel | Printable Download: Don & Adam Baker – Don Baker Masonry