Saturday, August 11, 2012

# 11 A dry stone wall doesn't...

Photo by Sean Adcock
A dry stone wall doesn't have to be coursed. In fact in the case of terracing it can be a detriment. Here is one example of many of the uncoursed walls in Mallorca that are all holding back tons of earth over the hilly terrain on the western side of the island. These walls stop a lot of erosion caused by heavy rains they experience there every year. The Mallorcans would have done coursed walling if they thought it made for stronger, longer-lasting structures.


  1. Very lovely chaotic pattern.

  2. Right on John! Strength and stability comes from inherent flexibility and infinite compressibility as a probability allowed for in the builder's ability to include these elements as a necessity if one is to expect longevity.