Stone Walls, Randomness, and Order

This Spring will have me trying my hand at some stonework. I’ve been reading up, but of course nothing will instill real lessons like giving it a shot. Last July we had record rainfall and the brook that runs by the house flooded a bit. The running water got itself up and behind an old stone retaining wall, carved out a nice notch, and took out some of the lower stones leading to a leaning and not-so-intact wall. As triage I hauled up a ton (probably more) of stones from the lower brook and filled in behind the wall and in front to serve as riprap on the house-side of the brook, to absorb energy from any future flood. Good enough for now, but not as aesthetically pleasing as what once was. So I will rebuild as best I can, and hopefully it doesn’t come out too ugly.

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