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Building Stone Walls Paperback – January 3, 1976
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A beautiful stone wall ... yours with just a rock pile, a few tools and this book!
Building Stone Walls tells you all you need to know to build your own sturdy walls. Carefully detailed, clear drawings show the techniques to follow -- and how to avoid problems.
Learn here about:
- wall foundations
- basic "one-over-two" method
- chinking "in" or "out"
- height-to-width formula
- using lower-quality stone
- building retaining walls
- building in gates, fences, and stiles
- moving stone, boulders.
Excellent example photos show good and poor walls, while the author's lively text tells you how to build, step by step. Slopes, drainage problems, using rubble -- these challenges and more are thoroughly covered.
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With our particular project - building a retaining wall with field stone recycled from decaying fences around our house in the Catskills - we found that Vivian's book did not include quite enough detail. He only supplies a few paragraphs on the construction of a retaining wall, though to be fair, what information he gives is practical. By itself, however, this would not have been enough to guide us through the project.
For more detailed information on retaining walls, we turned to "The Granite Kiss", "Stone in the Garden" and "The Art and Craft of Stonescaping." Keep in mind, however, that the latter two books are more lavishly illustrated, a cross between a how-to book and a coffee-table book, so you probably would not take them out in the field.
That said, if you have never worked with stone, and want to get an idea of what is involved in planning and preparation, finding and moving stone, and building a wall, Vivian's book is a practical and inexpensive book to buy first. Five stars for useful, concise information in a very usable format.
Don't expect any details about tricks like that. I skimmed through this book the other night on the couch in less than half an hour and didn't really get much out of it.
I'm sure I'll go back for another pass and for a couple of topics but it's a really short book with old, low res photos. For me, tips on moving and placing heavy rock and shaping them to fit is what I was hoping for.
If you are completely new to the subject, this book gives an excellent overview, but you cannot rely on it for the myriad aspects you will encounter while building.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought three books on stone masonry and found this to be the better of them. They all had their good points buy I liked this one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bbobg
Hubby loves to learn about construction and masonry, and he likes this book.Published 6 months ago by Yaser A.
It's a little old, but so are rocks. Some of the terminology are words I've only heard from Canadians and Australians. It still makes sense, though. Read morePublished 11 months ago by kelsey
It was a good read for me, a total beginner. I would have liked more illustrations, perhaps because I didn't understand some very basic concepts, but the illustrations that were... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Daniel Liu