Monday, October 31, 2011
We have been on the current project for roughly 11 months and laid up more than 180 tons in a variety of functions. In the above image, the down hill wall end finally came to conclusion after I located the the cap stone after 4 months of searching and trying out multiple ideas. The wall is 4' tall at coping height, and 42" or so at the top of the cap stone. It is an interesting thing to collaborate with multiple trades and the home owner to realize a wall. Having to incorporate the address numbers into the wall to approved scale was difficult in locating an appropriate quoin stone to accommodate them, as well as fit both directions. I think the long flat cap nicely lets the eye locate the numbers as the coping stones are set back.
This is our proposal for our next dry stone retaining wall which we have recently started excavating.
It weaves two different walling systems together: a wedge wall and a random rubble/coursed dry stone wall.
it will be 4' tall by 60' long and incorporate a radius on the left side that winds up the hill with stiles protruding 24", and 10" or so off the ground until we get to the grade for the path that leads to another set of stairs to the house. This should be fun to build, and push the rules a bit here.
Here is our far right granite boulder that is 9' long by 48" tall at left, and tapering to zero at right.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Our current project which we started in December 2010 had a failing mortared wall, in 3 different styles as it ran 170' down the driveway .
We went to Montana and selected an Argolyte/ Slate which we could get for a fair price, in a wide range of sizes that did not come on a pallet, that had a great color range, and was appropriate for dry stone walling.
Dry stone walling is really one of my favorite elements in a landscape. Not only does it relieve tension from surrounding architecture, it continues to give back in it's timeless pattern language, reveal the relationship of the mason and material, and last for centuries.
We choose to work as dry stone wallers because it lasts for centuries when built properly by trained and certified dry stone waller/masons. Currently I am certified by the Dry Stone Conservancy in Kentucky. I attend numerous workshops every year to continue to learn from other masons & artists, as well as teach. This year I was privaledged to contribute to StoneFest( www.stonefest.org ) at Marenakos Rock center in Preston, Washington.
This year we are now offering a full range of masonry services for clients in natural stone. The demand has been high for these services and I am lucky to have an excellent mason working with us that has 25 years of experience.
We only work with natural stone for clients. Concrete, Cultured stone, Alan Block materials are not natural stone. They are not even related to stone except by trademark.