Sunday, August 30, 2009

Buck and Doe

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.

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