Stonemasonry: Building a Stone Wall

A complete guide to mortarless stone wall construction. Includes rock details, tools, preparation, dimensions, layout and stability.



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John Vivian learned stonemasonry by studying an existing stone wall.
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Rock-working tools for building a stone wall.  
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A deep footing trench helps ensure the stability of a stone wall over time.  
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 Lay the courses parallel and level, alternating thicknesses within them.
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Remember to tie stone wall ends and corners well.
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