In the Company of Stone: The Art of the Stone Wall : Walls and Words

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Artisan Books, 2001 - Architecture - 118 pages
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"Finding stone, choosing it, and letting go of it are the three things a waller does. I'd miss any one of them too much if I asked someone else to do them for me. I may work by myself, but I'm not alone. I'm in the company of stone."

Daniel Snow is a waller, an artisan who builds walls, terraces, caverns, and the occasional sphere or pool out of dry stone. It's an ancient skill--building with only what the earth provides. No mortar, no nails, nothing to hold his creations together except gravity, an invisible glue he can sense in the stones' "conversations" of squeaks and rumbles. A hollow sound means a void needs to be filled; a solid fit is secured with the sound of a bolt being thrown. Snow's evocative prose and Peter Mauss's richly textured photographs of Snow's work reveal the nuance and beauty of walling--and of one man's relationship with nature. The result is by turns poetic and practical.


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About the author (2001)

Since 1976, Dan Snow has been hand-building "one-of-a-kind" dry stone constructions for clients in New England and Great Britain. One of only a handful of Americans certified by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, he, and his creations, have been showcased in numerous publications, including This Old House, Garden Design, and American Nurseryman. He lives in Dummerston, Vermont.

Peter Mauss is a photographer of architecture, interior design, and landscapes. He lives in Vermont and New York.

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