Stone walls are an essential component for creating garden art. A freestanding stone wall becomes a duel backdrop for other garden features, such as planting beds on one side or a beautiful stone patio on the other. The top of the stone wall can also be an attractive place to set a decorative bowl or urn that can be seen from both sides. Stone walls convey a sense of solidity and permanence, thanks to the nature of the material that it is made up of. Stone walls make perfect borders and boundaries when you use them to draw attention to the edges of a particular landscaping feature, as the draw your attention to them. There is a physical, mental, and spiritual aspect to stone masonry that seems to fulfill a need to create masonry art. Construction of a stone masonry wall is more than just placing stone into a wall. Building stone masonry walls entail the imagination of a visionary artist that gives carefully though to the effect that each stone has in the character and makeup of stone masonry wall.
A garden is only a piece of your landscape. The word garden is derived from a German word meaning enclosure. When you think of an enclosure, you might think of a fence or a hedge. A dry-stack stone wall creates a beautiful artistic masonry hardscape, that provides a psychological heft that only a stone wall has. In the Seattle area, we have quite a few areas that a beautiful stone wall would work particularly well with. When creating a border between the garden and a stone patio, a stone wall will work well both and elements. As well as separating a driveway from a lawn. Remember, a stone wall needs not be large or tall to have a big effect on a small garden. By keeping the walls fairly low you can still offer a sense of an enclosure to your garden area. Construction of a free-standing stone wall can be done in two ways. A free-standing wall will have doubled sides or two faces, that are bonded together with mortar or interlocked with other stones. A true free-standing stone wall doesn't have any mortar in it. It will lock together by placing, fitting, and balancing the stones together in a way that they won't come apart. A stone wall built this way, is truly a time-honored art. They can last many lifetimes.
Every stone mason has his own style of laying stone. The best stone masons started out by working with an older and more experienced mason, but this is not always the case. Many times a person has a rare talent for working with stone. You might call it a mystical connection that goes way beyond hard work, sweat, and skill. One of the more interesting aspects of stoneworking is the ability to visualize the many ways that a stone can be used to create something that will outlast us. It's something of great beauty and effort. Here are some of the ways that we use stone masonry on and around the homes that we build. Masonry construction, stone facings, stone fireplaces, and stone wine-rooms. In the garden, we build masonry hardscaping for beautiful blue stone patios, dry-stacked stone walls, paving stone walkways, and other hardscaping masonry art. As with any practical craft or art, there is a desire for excellence and gratification from our work that we can leave to the millennia.