Saturday, June 25, 2016

A simple question.

Sean Adcock is with me this week and we're building dry stone entrance walls with 4 foot square pillars that have a subtle Japanese rampart-type curved batter to them. 

Because its a more interesting project than just straight pillars it's turning out to be a lot of fun. There are plenty of things to consider and we stop every now and then and ponder the best way of building it.

So here's one question...Do we build the pillars separately or lock the corner stones in with the walls as we build up 


  1. Lock. Always lock, can't understand why it would even be a question ;)

  2. I say lock in as you go. Otherwise, seeing a gap might not look as good.

  3. Thank you for your thoughts. How do you then avoid tracing corners and other structural complications (matching courses) if you build dry stone pillars 'locked' to the wall, as you are promoting?

    1. We did a similar wall at the Lindsay Rugby Club and I know we locked the stones from wall to pillar. I don't recall having any difficulty, but as to "tracing corners" etc...I can't find a glossary defining the terms.

  4. Sean will have to sit inside the pillar and hold the strings with his teeth while you build around him. It's quite a sacrifice but if you lock in the corners and include a feeding tube, it should keep him safe from traffic... at least until this whole Brexit thing blows over.