Synopses & Reviews
John Vivian tells you everything you need to know to build your own stone walls from start to finish. He covers everything from basic equipment and materials to building retaining walls, building in gates and stiles, moving boulders, and using lower-quality stone. Clear, detailed drawings show exactly what to do and how to avoid problems.
Instructions for making stone walls, dealing with drainage issues, and incorporating gates and stiles into walls.
Rustic and charming or stately and proud, a well-built stone wall can add personality and beauty to your property. John Vivian s lively approach and step-by-step instructions encourage you to transform a pile of rocks into an enduring landscape feature with gates, retaining walls, or stiles to suit your needs. Whatever unique challenges come with your site poor drainage, sloping ground, or low-quality rubble material Vivian offers innovative designs and reproducible methods to help you build a beautiful, long-lasting wall.
Includes equipment requirements, instructions for creating wall foundations, coping with drainage problems, and hints for incorporating gates, fences, and stiles.
A beautiful stone wall ... yours with just a rock pile, a few tools and this book!
About the Author
John Vivian is a veteran practitioner of many country crafts. He is the author of Building Stone Walls and The Manual of Practical Homesteading. He lives in Vermont.
Table of Contents
Kinds of Stone
Laying Out the Wall
Ends and Corners
Using Not-So-Good Stone
Some Other Uses of Stone
The Story of a Wall