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

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

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780881505467
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 805,625
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xix
1. Myth and Paradox: Historical Contexts and Misconceptions That Influence Stone Wall Builders Today 1
2. Getting Started: Preparing the Site, Acquiring Material, and Laying Out the Wall 21
3. Placement: Fitting Stones Together 39
4. Faces: Stones That Show, and the Creation of Surfaces 57
5. Special Structures: Variations on a Theme 71
6. Rhythm and Temperament: Ways of Managing the Work 109
7. Notes on Design: Thinking about Walls in the Landscape 121
8. Repair and Restoration: Techniques of Imitation and the Idea of Renewal 141
9. Why Stone Walls Are Beautiful 163
Our Glossary: Common and Uncommon Terms 179
Bibliography 187
Index 193
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