The Art of Slipforming: A Stone Masonry Primer

A stone masonry primer: Building stone houses using the art of slipforming, which uses stone masonry and concrete to create walls that are strong, beautiful with the strength of stone and reinforcement of concrete and steel.



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Foundation set and rebar in place.
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Tom hefts a pebble during construction.
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Slipforms set for the first pour.
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Slipforming combines stone masonry and concrete work to form a wall that shares the attributes of both. The walls have the beauty and strength of stone with the reinforcement of concrete and steel.
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Gaps between the stones are filled in at the end of the process.
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These extra-large stones were positioned in the dining room wall before the forms went on to avoid hefting them in from above.
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Close-up of the form.
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Diagram: Wall structure D and E.
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Setting forms for the level. Renee drills screws partway into the top of the window frame to anchor the wood in the concrete.
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Diagram: Wall structure A, B and C.
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The Elpels propped the floating rafters up with 2 by 4s until the supports were securely anchored in the wall.
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A beautiful storm approaches as the form "slips" up the nearly complete walls.
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Diagram: Showing thermal leak through wood.
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Diagram: House using slipforming for building with stone.
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Diagram: Slipform basic components and construction.
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