A master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England style dry stone walls In this elegant, literate primer, a master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England dry stone walls, along with thoughts on the history, aesthetics, and philosophy of the craft of placing stone Author Kevin Gardner defines the granite kiss as that instantly discouraging, and inevitable, experience in stone work when a fingertip or two fails to escape the contact point between two large stones on the occasion of their first meeting In this eminently readable primer on the fundamentals of placing stone, Gardner distills 25 years of experience in building and repairing New England style dry stone walls into clear, step by step instructions In addition to directions on building basic stone walls, he also demystifies steps, wells, ramps, walkways, and many other forms of dry masonry Detailed illustrations throughout by Guillermo Nuuez bring the stonemason s craft to life Along the way, Gardner considers the history, aesthetics, and philosophy of placing stone in a book that will bring as much pleasure to armchair craftsmen as it does valuable instruction to the beginning wall builder 30 black and white illustrations Glossary Bibliography Index Features a foreword by Susan Allport, a well known authority on the stone walls of New York and New England and author of Sermons in Stone Unique focus on the rounded, hard to use fieldstone of New England 30 detailed illustrations are both beautiful and instructive...
|Title||:||The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls|
|Publisher||:||Countryman Press 1 edition October 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||679 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls Reviews
You may think an instructive book on building a stone wall would be very dry, however this work is very easy to read. Some technique, some philosophy and generally just a fun book to read. You won't learn everything but you will have a great base of how to prepare yourself, both physically and more important mentally, for building a stone wall. Looking forward to more from Kevin Gardner.
Really informative, very cool to dial in on history and how to build dry stone walls.
Excellent book for building or repairing a dry stone wall with a bit of history.
Great info on New England stone walls and their traditions.
Few readers will realize that the Yankee yeoman were not the builders and designers of those lovely, monumental stone walls of New England, but the First Nations! Lovely to contemplate!
I was excited to get this book, being from New England I was looking forward to having a stone wall book focused in that area. Unfortunately I was immediately let down when I received it. When I turned the pages I quickly noticed that there wasn't a single photo in the book! In my mind this is almost a crime, it would be like purchasing a book on sunsets and finding out there were only scattered black and white illustrations inside.
Of the half-dozen books I bought in preparation for recycling some of the old stonewalls up through the woods on our farm into a new retaining wall, this is my clear favorite. It is more detailed than John Vivian's Building Stone Walls, particularly when it comes to retaining walls. Because it is not as glossy and illustrated as Haywards' Stone in the Garden or David Reed's Stonescaping (which are, by the way, both excellent in their own right), I'm not as wary about taking it out to the project with me.
Of the 180 pages the 20 or so illustrations provide more knowledge on how to accomplish the particular task shown than all of the flowery text. The 8 page glossary is helpful also. After completing 80 or so feet of new stone wall and repairing several old walls I was hoping for some insight into some tricks and wisdom from an old grey hair, but very few are in this book. There are some nice references to some styles of some older known masons of the past but as for technique, you are on your own.