Doing it yourself has become an important facet of home ownership, but there are still many crafts that are far beyond casual work. Electrical wiring is not usually done by people who do not practice it for a living, and this is due mainly to the danger as well as...

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Few people consider the creative aspect of stone, and those who have never worked with it can be very hesitant to make the investment. They believe they must take a large number of classes, and many of them think it is costly to build anything in stone. Modern mining methods...

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Centuries ago, farmers would clear land for crops and toss the rocks to the side of the field. They were not necessarily saving the rocks for any purpose, but many of them eventually piled them up on the edge of their property to create low walls. They did not have...

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Building homes and storage facilities for food has long been given credit for the ability of mankind to settle in one place, but not all building materials of the ancient world were the same. People used whatever was abundant in their area, and it made a difference in how their...

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Dressing stone, even with modern tools, takes a great deal of time that is not always available in big projects. For construction projects that must be done quickly, stone masons often use slip-forming to build their walls. This method was developed centuries ago by masons, but it originally used only...

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Stones do not come with perfectly flat surfaces for easy construction and a good looking veneer, so any flat surfaces must be manufactured out of the available rock. Masons began dressing stone many centuries ago from local rocks, and enterprising rock masons built quarries that eventually began cutting and selling...

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Stone masonry has been around for millennia, and it has developed into a variety of forms. The simplest is nothing more than piling rocks together to form walls or rough buildings. No mortar is used to hold the rocks together, and they are uncut from their original shape. This is fine for a rough wall around a field, but it is not necessarily the best way to build a house. Stone masons are the people who build these walls, and they have refined their techniques throughout the centuries.

Modern stone walls and buildings use many different techniques, and many of them were developed to create smooth surfaces or stronger buildings. Creating walls of stone takes a great deal of time, so slip-masonry was invented to build strong walls faster. Smooth walls require that the stones be cut, and the type of finishing determines if all or only some of the sides of stone will be changed to fit the façade of a building.