Monday, November 21, 2011
On top of things
The summer 'cairn project' that Eric Landman headed and his assistants Ryan Josh and several wallers from Dry Stone Walling Across Canada helped with, was completed just before Rocktoberfest 2011.
The client asked us if he could use up the tons and tons of leftover material that wasn't used on the long decorative wall that she had someone build for her several year before on her property in Creemore Ontario. It felt good not to waste the stone or have to bury it.
The pattern of laying stone in a random herring bone design was very challenging. The style stones acted as supports for us to continue building higher and higher. Eventually we stood in a front-end-loader bucket to complete the top 5 feet of the cairn. We also built a small secret niche into the structure for storing important artifacts. The chamber was sealed with an inconspicuous stone.