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Dry stone masonry walls are the most sustainable and maintenance-free structures on Earth. The craft of dry
stone masonry has been alive for as long as humanity and has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years.
The term dry stone refers to a stone building process which uses no mortar or concrete to bind stones together.
Instead, these super-durable structures remain extremely stable because all stones fit carefully to overlap each
other. The longest dimension of each rock is placed lengthwise into the core of the wall, locking the structure
together using friction and gravity. Large cap stones anchor smaller stones beneath to finish the top of the wall.
Water and drainage are never a problem with dry stone walls. This mortar-less construction method leaves no water
trapped within the wall. Instead, the wall naturally percolates the water through itself which helps keep the stones
dry and intact.
Dry stonework an be considered an option to concrete block systems because they are very comparable in cost
and will last longer. Pressed blocks not only have a shorter life-span but also lack visual appeal and character of a
natural stone wall. The stones used for dry stone walls are gathered at local quarries and delivered in bulk. This
process does not deplete natural resources and does not involve massive amounts of fuel. Dry stone walls can
be seen as a cost-effective, and green alternative to concrete block walls.
|C.O.I. Stonework is a Northeastern Ohio company specializing in dry stone masonry
installation and restoration services. Dry stone walls, such as the one pictured above are
known to last hundreds of years.
In this website, different stonework applications have been categorized by project type.
We seek for our clients to understand quality craftsmanship.
|925 Linear Feet of Historic Stone Fence Restoration
Funded by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for The Akron
Metropolitan Housing Authority, Akron, Ohio, October, 2010
|A Sustainable Land Management Solution
Dry Stone Retaining Cross-Section Wall Diagram
|Stone Fence Cross-Section Diagram