I’ve been thinking about walls, and about stone.
Around here, stone walls from our early farming days are still here.
They line roadsides.
Sometimes the stones are “as found”.
Other times they’re cut.
Before there was concrete, there was stone.
Stone for buildings.
There is one basic rule of stonework.
“One stone over two, and two stones over one.”
Such a simple rule.
But many contemporary stone workers seem to have never heard of this rule.
Vertical joints like this doom a wall to failure.
Good stonework has rhythm that’s pleasing to the eye.
The next image is another view of the Hyannis walls.
See how the rhythm is off?
What a shame.
To build well with stone requires a mind that can deal with shapes in three dimensions.
Some people have it.
Some people don’t.
My friend and neighbor Sue went to Peru recently.
She took the next three photographs.
They give proper meaning to the word “stunning”.
Even after centuries, centuries that include earthquake and conquest, there are still joints in these walls where it is impossible to insert a piece of paper.