Monday, August 12, 2013

"Discovering New England Stone Walls" August 13th at 6:00 PM

Kevin Gardner's informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls, The Granite Kiss, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics.  He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape.  Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. At the end of his presentation there will be a time for question-and-answers, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.

From a review of The Granite Kiss: "... the reader learns much about stone and gravity, but also about the meaning of work, beauty, and the presence of the past." -- James L. Garvin, NH State Architectural Historian


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