Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
By using large boulders, dry stacked, you too can get that Flintstones look. The owner of this wall brought these large boulders from the back of his property to define his driveway and the
Dry stack fans from other areas have asked about what kind of stone is available here in Central Texas. With shallow topsoil, and scrub cedar trees steeling most the water, the limestone is visible and plentiful. Early Texas settlers clearing their homestead land used this loose and plentiful stone to make animal pens and mark off their land.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
These large stones reminds one of the Neolithic stones in Ireland and Britian. They act as a support stone, and breaks up the continuous small stack to make a dramatic impact. It invites you to take time to inspect the large stones, reflecting on what the builder might have considered when choosing it.
The beautiful serpentine lines of this low wall, welcomes one into the property even before there are any signs that there is a home over the hill. This perfectly laid low wall makes use of the hill country limestone, freshly quarried, with the warm rust tones of iron deposits.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Here is a wonderful example of finishing off the top of the wall. Wall-builders arrange flat stones on their ends along the top, both to give a wall an attractive finished appearance and to stop the top stones falling or being knocked away. The upper stones are referred to as the capstones or topstones, "buck and doe," or "cock and hen. See how the large "bookend" stone holds the upright stones and serves as a decorative feature.