Stonework: Techniques and Projects

Stonework: Techniques and Projects

by Charles McRaven


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Discover the lasting satisfaction of working with stone and learn the tricks of the trade from a master craftsman.

No building material rivals stone for beauty, permanence, and enduring popularity. Builder Charles McRaven offers the benefits of his fifty years of stonework experience in Stonework, a book that will inform, entertain, and inspire anyone using or working with stone.

McRaven helps even first-time builders comprehend the intricacies of working with different stone types; choosing the most suitable stone; handling, cutting, and shaping stone; working with recycled stone; and using stone inside the home.

Stonework presents complete, fully illustrated instructions for:

* Using stone for gardens, paths, pools, and waterfalls

* Building walls, from simple to serpentine

* Making gateways, pillars, and doorways

* Using large stones as wall and landscape accents

* Installing stone steps for porches and entries

* Creating retaining walls

* Building bridges and walkways

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882669762
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 01/10/1997
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 909,090
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Charles McRaven is a stonemason and blacksmith, nationally known for building and repairing dozens of stone structures and log homes. He has written extensively on stone, including the books Building with Stone and Stonework, and articles for Country Journal, Fine Homebuilding, and many regional magazines. He lectures and conducts workshops and private courses in stone construction. Charles lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Why Stone?

Part 1: Working with Stone

Chapter 1: Types of Stone

Chapter 2: Sources of Stone

Chapter 3: Handling Stone

Chapter 4: Selecting Stone for a Project

Chapter 5: Cutting and Shaping Stone

Part 2: Stonework Projects

Chapter 6: Basic and Inspired Walls

Chapter 7: Retaining Walls

Chapter 8: Entryways

Chapter 9: Stone Steps

Chapter 10: Stone Projects for the Backyard and Beyond

Chapter 11: Stone Bridges

Chapter 12: Stone Interior Spaces




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