Stephen Michael Bouska: A native of California, Stephen started his path as a craftsman in the marble masonry shops of the sacramento valley in 2001. Always searching for further knowledge of the building arts he found apprenticeships as a granite mason, letter cutter, restoration mason, and stone carver. Both an operative and speculative mason of the F&AM, Stephen's travels have taken him across the state of California working on such projects as the Santa Barbara courthouse fountain,restoration at the presidio of San Francisco, and restoration at Stanford university. Furthermore, to satisfy the age old tradition of traveling once reaching a journeyman status, Stephen traveled and lived in Australia two years, cutting and carving on st. Joseph's cathedral in rockhampton, st. Mary's cathedral in Ipswich, and Parliament House Brisbane. Stephen currently practices the building arts at hunt studios San Francisco location and is studying sculpture at the Academy of Art University with an expected graduation date of 2016 with a BFA. His mission statement: "I strive to make our world a more beautiful place.