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So Many Books, So Little Time

The Stone Trust online store offers a wonderful collection of books on stone walls. The topics range from historical books about old stonewalls to step-by-step How-To manuals about the details and methods of construction.

Whether you’ve already taken a workshop, are registered for an upcoming one, or simply have an interest in learning about walling, these how-to books will be an invaluable part of your walling journey. They can familiarize you with the terms and basics as preparation for taking a workshop or reinforce what you’ve already learned or help you in your DIY project.

Essential for every beginner, The Stone Trust offers the How-To Book Pack (featured in the photo above), at discounted price than buying the books individual. Remember, Stone Trust members always receive 10% off their order at checkout.

Below are descriptions of some of the How-To books that you’ll find in our store.

Dry Stone Walling: a practical handbook by Alan Brooks & Sean Adcock

This extensive handbook on dry stone walling is often referred to as the “bible” by wallers. It’s a very comprehensive overview on all aspects of stone wall building. The instruction is sensible and practical, including information on regional differences in available materials. Helpful tips and diagrams used to explain concepts are found throughout the book.

How to Build Dry-Stacked Stone Walls: Design and Build Walls, Bridges and Follies Without Mortar

The author, John Shaw-Rimmington, a philosopher of stone, shares his connection with this building material. The book starts with an overview of the best tools and moves on to strategies for handling, splitting and shaping stone. The reader is guided the process and methods for building stone walls, bridges, follies and sculptures. The book is illustrated with over 100 colored photos and how-to diagrams.

Dry Stone Walling Techniques & Traditions by The Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA)

Back Cover Excerpt: “This book is an approachable and fascinating look at the traditional craft of dry stone walling. Written in plain language, it offers a practical guide to the techniques used in different parts of the country and gives background detail which explains the simple principles involved and shows why walls have developed in their own characteristic ways.”

It provides an excellent mix of basic how-to information, variations from around the UK, and historical information. A glossary of walling terms, picture gallery, list of stone features and a section on how to use natural stone in the garden are also included.