Mark Jurus, a mason certified by the Dry Stone Conservancy, provided instruction to the HPTC staff and West Virginia Conservation Corp workers for a project at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. Mark provides brief overview of techniques that will ensure a long-lived and stable wall. Techniques can be used for both repairs of existing walls and new construction, for free-standing walls and retaining walls.
Dry-laid stone walls are common features in many parts of the country. When constructed well, they can remain stable for many decades. They are less prone to damage from freeze-thaw cycles than mortared walls. Ground water can drain through retaining walls. But if not constructed properly, they won’t be as durable. Mark explains features and techniques such as:
- How to organize your work space
- Incorporating a “batter”
- Protruding Foundation Stones
- Face stones, ties stones, packing stones and cap stones
- Maintaining level courses
For More Information
The Dry Stone Conservancy is a non-profit organization that focuses on preserving existing dry-laid stone structures, and to reviving and promoting the ancient craft of dry stone masonry. They offer weekend workshops and clinics as well as certification at three levels: Drystone Mason (Level 1), Journeyman Mason (Level 2), and Master Mason (Level 3). They also can be hired to work on your walls.