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by Susan Allport,Guillermo Nunez,Kevin Gardner


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Great info on New England stone walls and their traditions. While his respect for old stone walls and the art of building them is obvious, he also has a healthy dose of practicality.

Great info on New England stone walls and their traditions. One person found this helpful. I was excited to get this book, being from New England I was looking forward to having a stone wall book focused in that area. The notion that all, or even most, of the old stone-work we see around New England is the result of concentrated applicaion of arcane skill," he write, " is demonstrably false.

The Granite Kiss book. In this elegant, literate primer, a master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England-style dry stone walls, along with thoughts on the history, aesthetics, and philosophy of the craft of placing stone.

The Granite Kiss : Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls. by Kevin Gardner and Susan Allport.

Xxiv, 198 : 21 x 23 cm. Reprint. Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-192) and index. Myth and paradox : historical contexts and misconceptions that influence stone wall builders today - Getting started : preparing the site, acquiring material, and laying out the wall - Placement : fitting stones together - Faces : stones that show, and the creation of surfaces - Special structures : variations on a theme - Rhythm and temperament : ways of managing the work -.

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Home Kevin Gardner Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England. Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls (Paperback). Selected as one of 2001's Best Gift Books by The Times of Trenton, New Jersey; one of the 50 best nonfiction books of 2001 by the Christian Science Monitor. 22 black & white illustrations, glossary, bibliography, index. About the Author: Kevin Gardner is a stone wall builder with Owen Associates, a small family business in New Hampshire that designs, constructs, repairs, and restores traditional New England-style stone walls.

Allport, Susan, 1990, Sermons in Stone; The Stone Walls of New . Gardner, Kevin, 2001, The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls. Illustrated by Guillermo Nunez. Woodstock, VT, Countryman Press.

Allport, Susan, 1990, Sermons in Stone; The Stone Walls of New England and New York. An excellent overview of the phenomenon by a skilled writer. Topic by topic, rather than systematic. Barber, John Warner, 1838, Connecticut Historical Collections. Hubbell, William, 2006, Good Fences: A Pictorial History of New England Stone Walls, Portland, ME, DownEast Books, Jackson, J. B, 1980, The Necessity for Ruins and other Topics.

Authors: Kevin Gardner - Susan Allport - Guillermo Nunez ISBN 10: 0881505463 ISBN 13.

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by Kevin Gardner, Susan Allport, Guillermo Nunez. ISBN 9780881505467 (978-0-88150-546-7) Softcover, Countryman Press, 2003. Find signed collectible books: 'The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls'.

A master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England-style dry stone walls.

In this elegant, literate primer, a master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England dry stone walls, along with thoughts on the history, aesthetics, and philosophy of the craft of placing stone. Author Kevin Gardner defines "the granite kiss" as "that instantly discouraging, and inevitable, experience in stone work when a fingertip or two fails to escape the contact point between two large stones on the occasion of their first meeting." In this eminently readable primer on the fundamentals of placing stone, Gardner distills 25 years of experience in building and repairing New England-style dry stone walls into clear, step-by-step instructions. In addition to directions on building basic stone walls, he also demystifies steps, wells, ramps, walkways, and many other forms of dry masonry. Detailed illustrations throughout by Guillermo Nuuez bring the stonemason's craft to life. Along the way, Gardner considers the history, aesthetics, and philosophy of placing stone in a book that will bring as much pleasure to armchair craftsmen as it does valuable instruction to the beginning wall builder. 30 black and white illustrations Glossary Bibliography Index. Features a foreword by Susan Allport, a well-known authority on the stone walls of New York and New England and author of Sermons in Stone Unique focus on the rounded, hard-to-use fieldstone of New England 30 detailed illustrations are both beautiful and instructive

Comments: (7)

VizoRRR
Really informative, very cool to dial in on history and how to build dry stone walls.
As I have 100s of feet of walls on my property,
It is great to see them in a new light
Grotilar
You may think an instructive book on building a stone wall would be very dry, however this work is very easy to read. Some technique, some philosophy and generally just a fun book to read. You won't learn everything but you will have a great base of how to prepare yourself, both physically and more important mentally, for building a stone wall. Looking forward to more from Kevin Gardner.
Tejar
Great info on New England stone walls and their traditions.
Dolid
Excellent book for building or repairing a dry stone wall with a bit of history.
Gajurus
Few readers will realize that the Yankee yeoman were not the builders and designers of those lovely, monumental stone walls of New England, but the First Nations! Lovely to contemplate!
Malara
I was excited to get this book, being from New England I was looking forward to having a stone wall book focused in that area. Unfortunately I was immediately let down when I received it. When I turned the pages I quickly noticed that there wasn't a single photo in the book! In my mind this is almost a crime, it would be like purchasing a book on sunsets and finding out there were only scattered black and white illustrations inside.
Also, the most knowledge filled tidbits of information are quotes the author uses from other stone masons. I recommend their works instead; Charles McRaven's Stone Primer , and John Vivian's Building Stone Walls (a good mix of photos and illustrations, all in B&W, but less expensive than most.)
Nalmetus
Of the half-dozen books I bought in preparation for recycling some of the old stonewalls up through the woods on our farm into a new retaining wall, this is my clear favorite. It is more detailed than John Vivian's Building Stone Walls, particularly when it comes to retaining walls. Because it is not as glossy and illustrated as Haywards' Stone in the Garden or David Reed's Stonescaping (which are, by the way, both excellent in their own right), I'm not as wary about taking it out to the project with me.
The text is clear and concise, and includes a healthy dose of stone philosophy and the index is detailed enough to help the do-it-yourselfer find what he needs, but short enough so that he can find what he wants, even if he does not know the proper name for it.
However, the main reason I like this book so much is Gardner's assurance that anyone who puts his mind to it -- which includes me -- can build a stone wall. While his respect for old stone walls and the art of building them is obvious, he also has a healthy dose of practicality. "The notion that all, or even most, of the old stone-work we see around New England is the result of concentrated applicaion of arcane skill," he write, " is demonstrably false." Once that sacred cow was out of the way, my confidence level went up and anything seemed possible.
The black & white drawings that illustrate the text are clear and very helpful.
Of the 180 pages the 20 or so illustrations provide more knowledge on how to accomplish the particular task shown than all of the flowery text. The 8 page glossary is helpful also. After completing 80 or so feet of new stone wall and repairing several old walls I was hoping for some insight into some tricks and wisdom from an old grey hair, but very few are in this book. There are some nice references to some styles of some older known masons of the past but as for technique, you are on your own.
The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls download epub
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Author: Susan Allport,Guillermo Nunez,Kevin Gardner
ISBN: 0881505064
Category: Crafts, Hobbies & Home
Subcategory: Home Improvement & Design
Language: English
Publisher: Countryman Press; 1 edition (October 2001)
Pages: 224 pages