Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Unusual tools you might try walling with.

A few months ago Christopher Barclay volunteered a day helping some friends in B C get going in the right direction at building a dry stone wall. The three built the first course, including the backing and he demonstrated how to begin the next course by building three linear feet and putting up lines. After which he let them go at it on their own using the local schist they had collected.

Yesterday, he visited the property and gave them two thumbs up for their first attempt and their creativity. He followed up by offering suggestions how to improve for next time - avoiding using thin small stones to support mass and of course the dreaded 'running joint' .

He had also suggested building into the wall implements here and there . They took it to a new level.

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