Thursday, October 14, 2010

Little Hands and Softwood

Building a proper dry stone wall involves a lot of the same principles as stacking firewood. The important thing is that the pieces are laid into the wall, not along the wall. At Rocktoberfest last Thanksgiving weekend, our annual children's event involved a fun project teaching the basics of good structural placement, utilizing two full bush cords of softwood we had delivered to the park. The project was to create a temporary 'Andy Goldsworthy-ish' installation out of wood. DSWAC field director Eric Landman and his four boys along with waller Akira Inman and other festival participants built this twirling woodpile to demonstrate what little hands, with some structural guidance and a lot of imagination can achieve

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