Friday, April 12, 2013

2013 California Project

Last January we built 150 feet of dry stone retaining wall near Gualala California

Patrick McAfee, Sean Adcock and I came up with a clever structural way of using what was essentially pallets of five to six inch thin veneer mica quartzite quarry material

Patrick suggested we continue with the triangle theme of the dry stone greenhouse that we had already built on site, and so we found a way of incorporating triangular niches into the wall

A series of red sandstone benches were also designed and built primarily by Sean Adcock who found working the zig-zagging stone bench backs a bit of a challenge.

The wall had a bit of an Irish feel to it. It looked fairly rugged and almost chaotic at first until there was enough of a section built to register the rhythm of the pattern.

Here Sean reenacts how he fell off the wall as he stepped backwards stressing about how to finish of the copes on the bench design.

A rugged triangular step pattern was designed and built by the four of us. 

Sean's inverted pyramid which was built into the last section of wall was just Sean A showing off towards the end of the project .

The happy wallers after two weeks of doing what we love to do most.

Sean Smyth ( Sean B) stayed on two more days to finish the last section of wall and sent us some lovely photos of the completed job. Thanks Sean we couldn't have done it without you.


  1. That's so cool. Looks beautiful , and you guys had a great time building it. That what life should be.

  2. Thanks James. We needed to build something that would compliment the other dry stone structure we built there already without competing with it. Life has a lot to do with getting along.

  3. It was as ever a privilege (and a relatively pampered one). Great people, great project, great weather. A career highlight. We are so lucky.

  4. We are. And thanks for your part and your comments now, Sean.