Thursday, May 27, 2010

Constructing A Mortared Stone Wall

When we were in San Carlos, Sonora this past winter
 we would often go by where this fine gentleman
 was working on this nice stone wall.

When I was doing stonework I was a purist
 about doing drystack work with no mortar.

But that doesn't mean I don't appreciate a nicely built mortared wall.

Notice how some stones project past the center line
 of the wall helping to lock the wall together.
 The mortar is packed tightly between the stones
 to insure a good bond.

For this style wall the string lines are very important.

A finished section of wall. 
The mason pictured above was very proud of his wall
 as he should have been.

Despite the rather wide mortar joints what the viewer
 will mostly see is the outline of the wall. 
In this case the lines formed on the top 
and at the corners define a well constructed wall.