Thursday, November 15, 2012

Protruding Agenda


Continuing on yesterday's theme, I have to ask why certain dry stone wallers in the U.S. and Canada (the ones who are confident using gas-saws, grinders, points and chisels as well as hammers)  still need to position their smartly trimmed squarish throughstones so that they hang out over both sides of their walls? If they can fit every other stone flush along rows of straight coursing in their tidy dry stone creations, why not line the throughstones up along  the plane of the wall too? Does the fact that we need to see all these protruding throughstones signify something else perhaps? 

6 comments:

  1. One thought I have heard is that the protruding through stones allows for a certain amount of movement/settling/spreading of the wall without the possibility of the wall spreading 'off' the through stones.

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  2. And P.S.... I've seen an increasing amount of 'equipment' being used in your own creations of late... It all has it's place...

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  3. I've always liked the look of protruding throughs but not always practical in small yards etc. What I especially like about them is you don't have to waste time arguing about throughstones... there they are, end of story. Just don't pinch your "equipment" when you install them.

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  4. I remember being told that when the wall was being built on peace work the throughs had to protrude slightly to prove that they had been put in.

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  5. I read once that through stones were used as markers to guage the amount of walling that had been accomplished each day. The were set at intervals of a set length and could be easily counted.

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