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A Place to Practice Walling in an Urban Landscape: Roger Snell’s Community Garden Project

Roger first contacted the Stone Trust in December 2020 seeking training on the West Coast. As an exiled New Englander, he was willing to travel to learn the art and craft of dry stone walling, but the pandemic interfered with his plans. He finally was able to learn the five basics of dry stone walling at a 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling on August 6 & 7, 2021 at the Stone Trust training site in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire.

Roger returned to San Francisco and found a place in his neighborhood to practice building his first stone wall–a free standing wall between ten and twelve feet long–to act as a center piece for the White Crane Springs Community Garden, which is located off of 7th Avenue:  http://whitecranesprings.org/.

November 21, 2021: Here’s my foundation trench for my wall. I dug this today. My stone gets delivered on Tuesday. Once it’s delivered I’ll have to move every single stone inside the garden fence. I’ll organize the stone according to size when I move it. I may have ordered more stone and aggregate rock than necessary but who knows?

November 23, 2021

My stone—Moss Rock/Sonoma Fieldstone—was just delivered. Now I have to wheelbarrow most of into the garden.

November 24, 2021

Slowly putting the foundation stones in. Hopefully no one looks too close!

Have a great Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2021

This stone is difficult to work with.

November 25, 2021

This stone is difficult to work with.

November 25, 2021

This stone is difficult to work with.

November 29, 2021

At any rate I’ve had to set most if not all the stones before I pack it since the stone overall is irregular like I mentioned and difficult to get right.

November 29, 2021

I’m not sure what Pete or any other instructors would say about my wall but I am learning a lot.

December 8, 2021

Here’s a picture of the 4th course, which to be honest, was difficult. I’m not sure why. I also rebuilt one end, which you can’t see but was looking quite odd.

The wall looks quite low because of the trench / foundation. I wonder if I really needed it?

Someone asked me how many courses it would have, but I couldn’t give her a definitive answer. But at least two more I said.