Sunday, August 1, 2010

More Stone Steps

I would like to continue with a post I did on Stone Steps on March 7th.
 If you happen to be thinking of installing steps 
maybe these will give you some design ideas.

Above are some naturally occurring stone steps I came across
 in the Gila National Forest, near the Macmillan Campground
 in an intermittent stream bed.
 Nature has a way of placing things in a way that we can only hope to mimic.

On the other hand we have these mortared steps
 in the Parque Nacional Eduardo Ruiz in Uruapan, Michoacan.
 They show a nice consistent rise and run 
and blend in nicely with the stone out crop.

We ran across this rather haphazard stairway
 at Arcosanti and it worked pretty good.
 For more on Arcosanti you can check my post
 from April 4th by clicking here.

I installed these at Valley View Hot Springs back in the '90's.
The larger stone in the front directs people to the steps behind
 which are much harder to see.

These were built by the CCC at Leatherwood Park
 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
I have never seen stone steps to a diving platform before 
but they also show a nice consistent rise and run.
The stone is limestone.

This step at Glen Burnie Gardens is also of limestone.
 The first step up covers an outcropping of limestone just behind it.
 The stone in the foreground is Pennsylvania blue stone.

This beautifully cut basalt step is in Patzcuaro, Michoacan
 and was designed by Hernan Pimentel.

Allison proudly displays stone steps we installed at Valley View Hot Springs. 
For more on this project and how we put in the dry laid stones
 see my post from February 25th - Trail Work.