Miles Miller (left) and Walter Aubrey restore a 204-year-old chimney on a Federal style house at the Hinkle Farm outside Paris. Miller is considered one of the best restoration masons in Kentucky, and he has worked in other states, as well. He has recently had offers of work in Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia.
Miles keeps his inventory of salvaged period materials in a barn beside his house in Bourbon County between Paris and Georgetown.
Miles climbs scaffolding at the Hinkle Farm house to repair a chimney.
Miles puts mortar on a brick as he rebuilds a fireplace behind him. Old brick, which often was fired at the construction site from local clay, requires special mortars.
Miles (right) and Josh Mauney discuss the intricacies of an old brick wall at Johnston's Inn, the oldest brick houses in Kentucky, which Mauney is working on.
Miles carries a heavy clay flue liner needed to restore a chimney. He put up his own scaffolding on this job site.
Dale Marshall (left) and Miles prepare materials for the chimney repair. He developed a special tool to put mortar around flue tiles inside a chimney.
Miles finishes lunch in his truck. He is a hands-on doer who makes the most of his time on jobs.
Miles and his wife, Nancy, in an old house on a small farm, where he has planted 10,000 black walnut trees. They have a daughter who attends Georgetown College and three grown sons.
Miles kisses his dog Luna as she welcomes him home from a long day at work.