Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Walling in Northern Ontario - stone country

Along with an abundance of trees and minerals, Northern Ontario seems to have a ton of stone! 

Why people up there don't use it more, I don't know.

Anyway I had plenty of help in Algoma Ontario a couple weeks back building a dry laid pillar and one side of a gated entrance. Some of the Sugar Lake Quarry stones were pretty massive. 

Dry stone walls don't need, (and so don't have) concrete foundations, but on this project there was already one prepared for a cemented stone wall which went down very deep, so we built on top of it.  

The stones were beautiful to work with once I got in the 'stone zone'. 
Side one was happily completed by late November and so we beat the snow.

Little old Geppetto, in the dusty overalls, will return in the spring to complete the other side


  1. Neat-o. Being from them parts, I can shed some light. Although most of the north has been explored and re-explored for centuries, most of it was not settled until after the advent of concrete, and usually under the rush of mineral claim or the like. Rock was in the way and often pushed to fill holes. However, as mining, logging and railroad attracted workers from all over the world, their settlement brought a variety of skills and building styles that make northern communities very unique. And not all of it on concrete!

  2. men admire the man who can organize their thoughts in stone