Sunday, July 22, 2007

Last Year's Masonry Project

This is a slideshow of a dry stack wall I built along my driveway. The stone is a type of sandstone from West Mountain quarry in Scranton, PA. It was pretty easy to cut so I squared off most of the blocks with a chisel and occasionally, the spade end of a rock hammer. Of course, the joints could be tighter but then it would have taken me 3 months to finish rather than the mere 6 weeks of 8 hour days (not counting the time it took to excavate) that it actually took.

The wall is about 112 feet long, 2 feet high and 2 1/2 feet thick. I used about 26 tons of sandstone and 15 tons of gravel for backfilling.

4 comments:

CarolinaGirl said...

Awesome job, Bob. I really appreciate good stone work as it is rarer down south. We are still looking for an old cottage to fix up. Ya know if that cooking/teaching thing doesn't work out...

Tags said...

Not exactly sure why I brought a book on masonry to your house, except maybe to get an idea how to lay out your own book. Of course, I hadn't seen that wall yet. I'm still somewhat in a state of shock after seeing that wall and hearing you did it yourself. Well, that and the sunburn. But I put in a total of about an hour of work altogether, compared to your calendar years.

The Foodist said...

looks good

Jennie/Tikka said...

Great work! You should be proud of it.

Next we'll see you having huge chunks of marble delivered so you can do full-sized human figures, huh!?!

I wonder if you'll branch out to do ceiling painting next??? ;)