Saturday, October 20, 2012


Food provides the nutrients that become the very building blocks of the body. And even though we take care to make healthy meals with these building blocks, sometimes the vegetables (and the meat) end up being completely 'over cooked' ,

Is it possible that an overworked dry stone wall can be 'overcooked' too?  Is that why certain walls look completely unappetizing? Maybe it's because these types of walls aren't always "better" for you, or any more structural, than many well-built very common, 'raw vegetable' walls.


  1. I get the analogy but I think comparing stone walls to veggies is a tough one. Take the other end of the spectrum, with a raw vegetable you have healthy nutrient filled Food and with a super loosely fitted unworked stone wall you have a disaster waiting to happen. Super healthy, to not so healthy and potentially dangerous. I do get what you are saying though. But a chef that cooks a vegetable to perfection uses skill and different techniques to achieve a perfectly cooked vegetable. A dry stone builder should still display his or her skills and techniques to cook up a wall. I guess it all comes down to customer preference. Some people prefer a well done fillet mignon. To some that's a bastardization of a beautiful cut of beef, to others, eating a hockey puck is a good meal for them. Okay, I'm hungry now!


  2. Thanks J.
    I guess I'm asking is it possible to overcook a wall?

  3. Hi John.

    That was fast! I guess what I was saying was to some an over cooked wall is just the way they like it. To others making a pile of rubble look like a manufactured product is taking the life essence out of the material. It's not that cut and dry Of a question because it really comes down to personal preference. If you look at a paving stone, there is actual stone in there somewhere but I guess they are like a hot dog, going back to food references, there is meat in there somewhere. And people still eat hot dogs. At least with an over cooked stone wall it still is a stone wall. Not some mass produced processed poison that everyone should avoid. Okay I'm going back to making my salad. :)

  4. Say what you may guys, but I'm pretty impressed with that wall. The effort to carve that stone in that fashion is amazing enough. Even if the wall is not as well anchored by friction, in order to move it, it would take one heck of an effort to do so.

    By the way, I have to ask, how can I cut stone like that? Are there books that talk about techniques and methods on how to work stone in that fashion?

  5. Cuts like these,( which are becoming more prevalent in modern high-end designer dry stone wall work) are more often than not done with a cut off saw. One can order pallets of pre-cut stone too. If one were going to all the trouble of shaping random natural stone to this kind of precision with a chisel you might as well mortar it together too and construct a beautiful airtight stone building. Traditional dry stone walling on the other hand is carried beyond its legitimate purpose when people turn this kind of shaping frenzy into the standard.