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.
We like to look for walls that incorporate the honeycomb limestone in amongst the thick white limestone blocks. Softer white quarried limestone is easily chunked into shapes and pieces that lend themselves to the art of fitting the stones together in a tight and sturdy structure.
This is an information site for documenting dry stack rock walls in the Central Texas region. The stacking of rock that can withstand time and the elements, takes a special talent and a way of seeing the rocks. We are curious, and we hope you are too, about this old skill and why it should be appreciated.
We will seek out and document old walls, remnants of old walls and
feature new construction of dry stack and their builders. The old rock walls have a story to tell and have some beautiful form and shape to them. As local landscapers use more and more stone in their designs and landscaping, there seems to be a resurgence in this old skill. Sadly, as cities expand and reach out into the countryside for development, these old walls may be torn down.
The charm and beauty of dry stack should not be a thing of the past, but a skill to be passed on.
In the future we will be featuring photos, casual interviews with these rock workers, where they learned their craft, and why they are interested in keeping it alive.
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