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Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls

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ISBN13: 9780881505467
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In this elegant, literate primer, a master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England-style dry stone walls, along with thoughts on the history, aesthetics, and philosophy of the craft of placing stone. In this eminently readable primer on the fundamentals of placing stone, Kevin Gardner distills 25 years of experience in building and repairing New England-style dry stone walls into principles and practices that are adaptable to a wide variety of designs and circumstances. In addition to directions on building basic stone walls, he also demystifies steps, wells, ramps, walkways, and may other forms of dry masonry. Gardner also discusses the philosophy behind the repair and restoration of old walls, and gives the beginning wall builder ways to think about the place of the stone wall within the landscape. Along the way, Gardner considers the mythology of the stone wall and its place in the New England imagination. And he explores the history, philosophy, and aesthetics of working with stone in a book that will bring as much pleasure to armchair craftsmen as it will valuable instruction to the beginning wall builder. Selected as one of 2001's Best Gift Books by The Times of Trenton, New Jersey; one of the 50 best nonfiction books of 2001 by the Christian Science Monitor. 22 black & white illustrations, glossary, bibliography, index.

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A master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England-style dry stone walls.

Synopsis:

A master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England-style dry stone walls.

In this eminently readable primer on the fundamentals of placing stone, Kevin Gardner distills 30 years of experience in building and restoring stone walls into principles and practices that are adaptable to a wide variety of designs and circumstances. He also discusses the history, philosophy, and aesthetics of the craft. In addition to directions on building basic stone walls, he also demystifies steps, wells, ramps, walkways, and many other forms of dry masonry.

Along the way, Gardner considers the mythology of the stone wall and its place in the New England imagination. He explores the art in a book that will bring as much pleasure to armchair craftsmen as it will valuable instruction to the beginning wall builder. 20 blackandwhite illustrations.

About the Author

For more than 25 years Kevin Gardner has been a stone wall builder with Owen Associates, a small family business in New Hampshire that designs, constructs, restores, evaluates, and teaches how to build traditional New England-style dry stone walls. Gardner has participated in major restoration projects and training workshops at Canterbury Shaker Village, Acadia National Park, and many other historic sites in New England. He is also an award-winning writer and producer for New Hampshire Public Radio. He lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. Gardner is a popular lecturer and leader of wall-building workshops who regularly draws standing-room-only crowds.

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DeeLamb, October 1, 2009 (view all comments by DeeLamb)
It really does work. I built my dry stacked terrace wall in Sonora, California based on this book as a guide. And yes, I did receive some "granite kisses" on my fingers and toes by dropping rocks in unintended places. It would have been a pleasure to read this book even if I were not pursuing my own construction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780881505467
Foreword:
Nunez, Guillermo
Author:
Allport, Susan
Illustrator:
Nunez, Guillermo
Foreword by:
Allport, Susan
Foreword:
Allport, Susan
Author:
Allport, Susan
Author:
Gardner, Kevin
Author:
Nunez, Guillermo
Publisher:
Countryman Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Garden Furnishings
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself - Masonry
Subject:
Outdoor & Recreational Areas - General
Subject:
Masonry
Subject:
Home Construction-Masonry and Concrete
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 9 x 0.7 in 1.02 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England-style dry stone walls.
"Synopsis" by , A master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England-style dry stone walls.

In this eminently readable primer on the fundamentals of placing stone, Kevin Gardner distills 30 years of experience in building and restoring stone walls into principles and practices that are adaptable to a wide variety of designs and circumstances. He also discusses the history, philosophy, and aesthetics of the craft. In addition to directions on building basic stone walls, he also demystifies steps, wells, ramps, walkways, and many other forms of dry masonry.

Along the way, Gardner considers the mythology of the stone wall and its place in the New England imagination. He explores the art in a book that will bring as much pleasure to armchair craftsmen as it will valuable instruction to the beginning wall builder. 20 blackandwhite illustrations.

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