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. 

7 comments:

  1. Cweativity is a THIMBLE of good cwaftmanthip. An excellent use of leftover stone.. leftovers always taste better the next day! Well done Eric and all. (that's a LOT of leftovers.. did you bring more in?)

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  2. Very impressed. Amazing structure!

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  3. Thanks John and Goephile.
    And no, we didn't bring any extra material.

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  4. Lovely work. I would love to see some pictures of the long decorative wall. please post.

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  5. Unfortunately I can not post pics of that wall as I'm pretty sure the builder is unwilling to have this blog show them.

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  6. This project is a bastardization of a herring bone pattern. I will agree with it being random, but well built it is far from.

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  7. Walking away from so many tons of stone with such character seems the only bastardization here. Were they to be just left there to age without ever being
    giving a nice home to rest? I'm glad to see they were used in such a creative way! I don't understand how one could judge it's structural integrity from a photo alone. Maybe the writer could expand on his harsh criticisms so that some of us amatuer wallers could better follow his/her reasoning behind the comment.

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