Discovering New England Stone Walls

Tuesday January 29, 2013
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM

Kevin Gardner, author of  The Granite Kisswill talk about the  history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics of stone walls in New England.  He will explain 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.  Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a discussion of restoration tips and techniques, and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.

Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.  He will bring along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of The Granite Kiss will be available for purchase and signing.

Location: Keyes Meeting Room

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