Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A dry stone dome (Isle of Mull, Scotland)

Hallamdrystonewalls captions his photo: “Building a dry stone done for a bit of Christmas fun. Santa loves dry stone domes ya know.”

"My little dry stone mound on the isle of mull, Scotland. Not bad for a first attempt especially as the stone was awful."
 Above: Obviously an English stone wall also made by Isaac Hallam, a Derbyshire based dry stone waller.  Below: 5 miles from my house, around the estate of the first Puritan minister, is this wall that most people would say was obviously made by people of English descent because "Indians (in New England) didn't build stone walls until the English taught them to."
Another segment at the Preacher's Estate, undulating obviously snake-like and quite obviously unlike an obviously English stone wall:


pwax said...

I notice that what we think of as "Indian" walls are built in diagonal layers. The British example is in horizontal layers.

Tim MacSweeney said...

Notice the stake in the center of the "dome" - probably had a string attached to "keep it regular" and circular, wrapping around the stake to guide the taper to the top.

Tim MacSweeney said...

And "awful stones are those that can't easily be worked into "bricks and blocks."