Craftsmanship in stone
Natural stone is used to build walls for many different uses but they fall into two main categories. The first is referred to here as mortared walls , which for us means built with a concrete base and held together with cement mortar. The other style is usually called dry stone walls , which means walls built with just natural stone, no cement mortar or concrete. They can both function as retaining walls or freestanding walls .
Mortared stone walls can add character and distinctive style to any design, as long as they are carefully done. They can be used as much taller retaining walls than dry stone walls can. When freestanding, nothing else compares to them. We build these walls with a deep concrete foundation. A few examples are shown below. You can click on any of the pictures to see a larger image.
Dry stone walls means walls that are built without using mortar or concrete. We've done many both large and small. They can be used easily up to about 36" high. Mostly, they get used as retaining walls , but occasionally, they are built freestanding, like the one just below, which was built in Alta Vista about 1996. The top 5 shots show the walls under construction and at completion . The lower 2 photos were taken in 2006, after the walls had "weathered in" a little. These are all "thumbnails". You can click on any picture to see a larger image.
1- (Below) We built this stone bridge at Rivermead Golf Club in the fall of 2010. It was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the club. The pavers that form the surface of the roadway are inscribed with the names of the members who sponsored the bridge. The wall stone is limestone from Bobcaygeon, On.
Below are a few snapshots of mortared and dry stone walls that we have built in the last 25 years.