After a quick comment by my friend the pharmacist that the patio looked like a thyroid gland (I'm not quite sure it would do too well as Iowa doesn't have the highest concentration of iodine in the soil), we started on the edging. Other than having to deal with some gigantic nails, the edging went down quick and painless.
After laying down the sand with the help of some 1" guides we were able to get started on the pavers
We all took a minute to review the herringbone patter and were off to haul bricks. The middle part of the patio was fairly straight-forward, but the edging was a little more tricky. I found it was better to take off small slices off the bricks to form a gradual curve than to curve suddenly with only a few bricks. Good progress for Saturday.