Dry stone walling is one of the oldest of countryside crafts, and these attractive structures form one of the most striking features of the rural landscape, whether on upland pastures, fell or moorland.
The author looks into the history and development of dry stone walling before demonstrating how to build a wall with step-by-step explanations accompanied by photographs and diagrams.
Topics include: how to acquire suitable stone; tools of the trade; basic walling technique; building or repairing a curved wall; walling on slopes and, finally, gapping, retaining walls and variations.
Illustrated throughout, this book will be enjoyable reading for all those interested in rural crafts.
Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 466 g
Dimensions: 235 x 165 x 15 mm
"This book written by a skilled practitioner, is not only, as the title implies, a guide, but a journey through the history and development of the art of dry stone construction. The chapters are set out in an easy to follow format, starting with the basic walling techniques, taking the novice through the crucial first steps..... gives comprehensive detailed instruction to both the basic and advanced waller..... whether you will go on to savour the delights of actual construction or just dream from the comfort of your armchair, it is well worth a read."
"Anyone with even the remotest interest in countryside skills will be sure to find inspiration in this book...... Andy Radford's commitment and love of his craft and his obvious desire to share his knowledge with others shines through and will, through this publication, help to ensure that the tradition of Dry Stone Walling continues for centuries to come.""