January 2019 - Traditions and Techniques of Building Stone Walls
Kevin Gardner - Writer, Teacher, Builder, Author
The first meeting of 2019 welcomed a total of 50 members and guests to the North Conway Community Center. It was a cold winter day of about 20+ degrees which was preceded by a snowy and windy weekend.
Hospitality set out a beautiful winter skiing themed table filled with a scrumptious spread of treats and goodies.
President, Deb Holmes reported on the activities and projects that the club is currently involved in and led a discussion of same with the members.
We had a short break, raffle prize drawing and then jumped into our featured program.
Have you ever driven or hiked nearby countryside and wondered how and why those stone walls came to be? Kevin had the answers and covered a few of the main topics of his book, “The Granite Kiss”, touching on history, techniques, development and aesthetics. He explained how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls and their significance to the New England landscape. While delivering his lecture, Kevin captivated the audience by building a miniature wall on a table top, using tiny stones from a five gallon bucket.
During the Q&A, listeners asked about specific problems or projects on their own properties. This program answered those questions and more. Kevin shared his 30 years of experience in building, restoring, and repairing traditional New England-style dry stone walls.
It was a wonderful presentation and very educational for everyone in attendance.