Begin building the wall by setting corner stones (those with a 90-degree corner) at either end of the wall and on both sides of the granite steps. Start setting face stones (those with a flat face) between the corner stones. Every three or four feet, lay a tie-back stone (flat, long and heavy) to provide additional stability. Continue laying corner and face stones to build up the wall until desired height is almost reached. Regularly check that the wall is plumb. For the final course use cap…

How to Build a Dry-Stack Stone Retaining Wall

Begin building the wall by setting corner stones (those with a 90-degree corner) at either end of the wall and on both sides of the granite steps. Start setting face stones (those with a flat face) between the corner stones. Every three or four feet, lay a tie-back stone (flat, long and heavy) to provide additional stability. Continue laying corner and face stones to build up the wall until desired height is almost reached. Regularly check that the wall is plumb. For the final course use cap…

how to build a dry stone wall

How to Build a Stone Wall

I have a huge retaining wall planned for the front yard. It will be about 3 feet tall, 20 to 30 feet long and have possibly 3 tiers. Good article on retaining wall basics

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This closeup of a sculpture is such an interesting and exciting example of stone work detail. I find it kind of meditative as I study the image and imagine the process that the creator went through to put this together.

For dry-stack walls, the base should be as wide as the wall is tall.

How to Build a Dry-Stack Stone Retaining Wall

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Dry stone walling is one of the oldest country crafts. These structures form one of the most striking features of the rural landscape, whether meandering through a field or gracing a home. In this hands-on guide, landscaper Andy Radford explores the history of dry stone walls and explains how and why they were originally built.

Dry stone walling is one of the oldest country crafts. These structures form one…

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Stone hedges/borders can be as special. Lew French creates one of a kind Interior Stone Designs with Hand-picked Rock and Natural Materials

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