From Library Journal
Stone is one of the most beautiful and enduring building materials, and to exploit its qualities one must be aware of a number of specialized techniques. Both Pleasant's and Reed's offerings will allow readers to use stone as a creative material outdoors. These titles are in some ways very similar, showing readers a variety of techniques used to shape and place stones in their yards and providing ideas for creating paths and walls. They diverge in approach and depth Pleasant's title places a greater emphasis on gardening and landscaping details such as plant selection, while Reed's provides much more information on actually building things (and, as one might guess, building with stone is a lot of work). Both titles are well written and beautifully illustrated throughout. Larger collections will want both of these wonderful books, but if libraries are forced to choose only one, then Pleasant's gets the nod because of its wider appeal to both gardeners and builders.
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The centuries old tradition of dry stonewalling is resurrected by stone mason David Reed in this fully illustrated book on dry-stacking, mortaring, paving, carving and gardenscaping. . To enhance your garden or your home, stonework gives a permanence not found with other materials. Totally natural and in keeping with nature, stone blends effortlessly into any setting. Like putting a jigsaw together, a dry stone wall requires a keen eye and exact placement of the right stone, a skill in itself but, with the author's adept guidance, he makes it possible for the everyday diyer to make their own. Reed then goes one step further and introduces the concept of mortared stonework, possibly anathema to ardent dry stone-wallers, but offering a wider range of projects indoors and out. Fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions for a variety of projects, this is an ideal introduction to "The Art and Craft of Stonework". - Lucy Watson