Synopses & Reviews
Concrete and steel may weigh as much, but nothing can rival stone for its beauty and durability. Building with Stone
ia an introduction to the art and craft of creating stone structures and projects by a man who has made stonecraft his vocation.
Throughout the book is Charles McRaven's stonebuilding philosophythat careful craftsmanship and time well spent during construction will repay itself many times over. The physical challenges will be offset by tremendous satisfaction and the knowledge that long after the builder is gone, the structure will stand as a personal and historical monument.
Based on years of experience, this book will educate the novice and inspire the seasoned artisan. A stonebuilder at any level will learn how to evaluate each stone and undertake each step in the procedure with an eye toward aesthetics and useful permanence.
In addition to introductory material on acquiring stone and what tools will be necessary, there are chapters with step-by-step instructions on how to build walls, buttresses, stone fireplaces, a barbecue pit, a stone dam, a stone bridge, a spring house, even a home or barn.
The final chapter is on proper restoration techniques for stone strucures.
Not just a how-to book, but also a good read, Building with Stone is sure to be reference book and constant companion for all manner of stone journeymen, and will prove to be as enduring a volume as the structures it recommends.
"Many homeowners and builders are searching for just the sort of originality and classic features illustrated here." Booklist
This introduction to the art and craft of stone structures features clear, simple directions for making stone walls, arches, fireplaces, buildings, and more.
An introduction to the art and craft of creating stone structures with step-by-step project instructions.
About the Author
Charles McRaven is a stone and wood craftsman who has built and repaired dozens of stone structures and log homes. The author of Building the Hewn Log House and Country Blacksmithing, he lives in Albemarle County, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Stones Remain
Chapter One: Stone as a Building Material
Chapter Two: Acquiring Stone
Chapter Three: Tools for Stonework
Chapter Four: Drystone Work
Chapter Five: Mortared Stone
Chapter Six: Building a Stone Wall
Chapter Seven: Corners, Buttresses, Intersecting Walls
Chapter Eight: The Arch, Lintel, Keystone Span
Chapter Nine: Gates, Windows, Doors
Chapter Ten: Building a Barbecue Pit
Chapter Eleven: Stone Fireplace
Chapter Twelve: Laying Flagstone
Chapter Thirteen: Root Cellar
Chapter Fourteen: Stone Bridge
Chapter Fifteen: Stone Dam
Chapter Sixteen: Springhouse, Well House
Chapter Seventeen: Stone House
Chapter Eighteen: Stone Barn
Chapter Nineteen: Restoration