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Events and Items of Interest, April 17

Recommended Reading

In this period of COVID-19, frontline people work demanding hours and many others wonder what to do with their newfound time. People fortunate enough to own property may be finding time to plan projects, including building or repairing dry stone walls. Dry Stone Walling: A Practical Handbook, a concise compendium, provides a wealth of information:

  • the history of walls and geologic history
  • the role walls play in environmental and wildlife conservation
  • organizing and maintaining safe,efficient working environments
  • Selecting, sourcing, and quantifying stone for your project
  • Building or rebuilding free standing walls
  • Dealing with slopes, undulations, curves, and obstacles
  • Retaining walls and stone hedges
  • Standard wall furniture and dry stone features

Highly readable with useful illustrations. You may enjoy using it to inform your landscape plan.

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