Dry stone walling: Day 2
Well after the progress made yesterday – wall dismantled, foundations dug and first course laid – today was somewhat disappointing. Disheartening even. In 4 hours, I managed 6 or so courses and the 2m section of wall I was working on reached about 0.5m, maybe less. The main problem (besides my lack of skill) is that most of the stones that make up the wall are pretty much rounded boulders. The rock is made up of very coarse gritstone which is very soft and crumbly – you could try and shape it with a hammer, but that is going to be real hard work.
|Not much for two days work – a (very small) wall and a lot of left over boulders|
As far as I can see, Option 2 is the only real practical solution. I could do with getting some advice from someone with a lot more experience than me. Just in case I am missing something obvious – it is a lot of work for some to then point out that there was an easier solution!
The next step has to be looking at the other field walls and finding a section that is relatively intact. This will give an idea of the size and proportion of the walls. I can then see if we can build something that is similar. Ho hum.