Dry stone walling is one of the oldest country crafts. These structures form one of the most striking features of the rural landscape, whether meandering through a field or gracing a home. In this hands-on guide, landscaper Andy Radford explores the history of dry stone walls and explains how and why they were originally built. He also offers step-by-step instruction, enhanced with explanatory photos and diagrams, showing you how to build or repair a wall, whether a hillside boundary or a garden feature. The book’s contents include finding suitable stone; tools of the trade; basic walling techniques; building or repairing a curved wall; walling on slopes; and gapping, retaining walls, and variations. Andy Radford has been building dry stone walls for nearly two decades; he is a consultant, designer, and contractor and runs his own landscaping business in Wales.
Dry stone walls of Britain range from the stone hedges of south-west England to the mountain walls of North Wales, running for miles over severe country, and often climbing slopes of over 45 degrees. They happen also to be in the areas that attract many tourists, and so it is not surprising that the walls that are an integral part of the landscape should provoke so many questions: 'When were they built?', 'Who built them?', 'How do they stand up without cement?' This book answers these and many other questions. The reasons for building dry stone walls, th story of their development, technical details of the construction, regional styles, and the state of the craft today are all covered.
Dry stone walls are a distinguishing and attractive feature of upland Britain, yet there are many in a state of disrepair. Shot in the beautiful landscape of north Wales, this inspiring film guides the viewer through the technique of building and repairing a dry stone wall. Embarking on a repair to a wall section, Andy Radford goes down to the foundations to rebuild the wall cheek with stone runners, through stones and coping stones. As the repair progresses, he fills between the runners with hearting and explains the importance of bridging stones and pinning. This companion DVD toA Guide to Dry Stone Walling covers tools and safety, dismantling the wall, preparations and foundations, grading stones, laying foundations, and building the wall.
More than 300 outstanding photos highlight the expressiveness of stonework from New Jersey to Nepal. “Well written and beautifully illustrated...wonderful. Shows readers a variety of techniques used to shape and place stones in their yards [and] ideas for creating paths and walls. Provides much information on actually building things.”—Library Journal.
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