Stone - sometimes called the "bones" of a garden - are as vital a part of your beautiful backyard paradise as the bones your your body or the timber in your home. All too often stone is overused, ill place or improperly selected for a particular setting. Dan Dix, owner of WoodSpirit Gardens, will be giving this two part class where you will get hands-on experience with stone.
The first part of this class - Stonescaping - will cover the important basics such as where to get stone, how to cut stone, how to move stone safely as well as different types of stone and their uses. Learn how to build the "skeleton" of your garden in its many forms including stone paths, walls and fences so as to compliment your home and your heart.
DRY STONE WALL CONSTRUCTION
Dry stone wall construction is the oldest form of building by humans. Simply defined, it is using stone - the most durable and accessible building material in the world - without mortar or any other bonding agent. This building technique combines stone with the two laws of nature - gravity and friction - along with the skill and creativity of the builder.
The most famous example of dry stone construction is the great pyramid in Egypt that was built without a drop of mortar. Other dry stone structures can be found throughout the world in the form of fences, walls, bridges and even houses. Although most of these are centuries old, their beauty, practicality and durability continue to amaze people. These structures are designed to flex and move with the earth as well as shed water to avoid damage from ice.