Crafting With Stone and Aggregates

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 fa├žade of a building.

Masonry

Dressing The Stone

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...

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Studying Stone Masonry For Building Walls

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...

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The Use of Mortar in Ancient Times

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...

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Masonry

Walls Without Mortar or Cement

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...

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Garden Paths for Novices

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...

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Fast Stone Wall Construction

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...

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