Whether or not good fences make good neighbors, a well-built dry stone wall can last a lifetime... or several! Englishman Andrew Pighills has been erecting them since his childhood, and he recently shared his methods with The New York Times.
Depending where you live, he says, the materials can be pulled right from the ground. The process involves digging a trench and then filling it with crushed stone; foundation stones; upper layers; and, between the bigger ones, small "hearting" stones.
Pighills, who is the North American representative of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, offers a few extra tips. He says to "always cross the joints, like brickwork" and to roll, rather than lift, stones whenever possible. That second pointer will help you avoid unnecessary strain.
• Read More: A Master of the Stone Wall Discusses the Perfect Fit at The New York Times
• Slideshow: See a slideshow of the building process
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