|Before Irene – photo courtesy of Linda Walker|
|After Irene – photo courtesy of Linda Walker|
Last week Mark B. and I went to work rescuing wall stone from the river’s edge and rebuilt the retaining wall. I chose and chained the pieces. Mark swung them into place with the excavator.
The same principles apply to constructing with large stone as those of a hand built wall. Each stone covers a joint in the course below, each stone is set with its length into the wall, an attempt is always made to match the heights of neighboring stones and top surfaces are made as level as possible. The finished work is rough in appearance but rugged, and hopefully long lasting. A flood as damaging as that of Irene is said to be a 200-year event.