Stonework Gallery: Rock Walls

Granite Retaining Walls and Bluestone Terrace, Waterboro, Maine

Granite Retaining Walls and Bluestone Terrace, Waterboro, Maine

This recent project features two dry-laid retaining walls built from large pieces of Maine granite and a thermal-top bluestone terrace.

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Raised Patio and Fire Pit, Freeport, Maine

Raised Patio and Fire Pit, Freeport, Maine

Construction of this project began with a four foot high retaining wall to level off the grade for the patio and fire pit. Once the wall was up, roughly 40 yards of gravel were brought in and compacted to lay … Continue reading

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Reclaimed Granite Retaining Wall, Portland, Maine

Reclaimed Granite Retaining Wall, Portland, Maine

Old hand-split granite curbing makes a solid little retaining wall for this raised garden bed.

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Drystone Entry Wall and Pillars, Scarborough, Maine

Drystone Entry Wall and Pillars, Scarborough, Maine

This entryway consists of about 36 tons of stone from Maine’s mid-coast region. Two 5 foot high pillars flank the driveway; the smaller outer pillars measure 3 feet high.  Everything is dry-laid.

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Granite Retaining Walls, Portland, Maine

Granite Retaining Walls, Portland, Maine

Two crumbling brick and mortar walls were torn out and replaced with dry-laid granite at this Portland home. The walls were built using the ‘single-skin’ method, whereby the wall is built directly against the earth embankment. Face-stones are laid with … Continue reading

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Granite Walkway and Retaining Wall, Freeport, Maine

Granite Walkway and Retaining Wall, Freeport, Maine

This walkway was built with Green Mountain Granite, a 2-4″ thick granite flagstone, some pieces weighing over 500 lbs. Stones were collected from around the property for a drystone retaining wall, and old granite foundation stones were brought in for … Continue reading

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Fieldstone Retaining Wall, Bridgton, Maine

Fieldstone Retaining Wall, Bridgton, Maine

Maine fieldstone salvaged from an old collapsed wall and the surrounding property.  The in-progress pictures show the essential structure of a dry stone wall: the weight of the stones directed inward, with large “through-stones” spanning the entire width.  Small rocks … Continue reading

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Riverstone Retaining Wall, Lassen National Park, California

Riverstone Retaining Wall, Lassen National Park, California

While working as a stonemason for the National Park Service, I had the opportunity to construct this retaining wall on the Mill Creek trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Smooth, well-shaped stone from the river and a gorgeous hike to … Continue reading

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Retaining Wall with Granite Steps, N. Yarmouth, Maine

Retaining Wall with Granite Steps, N. Yarmouth, Maine

This retaining wall at a beautiful North Yarmouth farmhouse was built with large blocks of quarried schist and granite, with recycled granite foundation stones for steps.

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Retaining Wall with Steps, Falmouth, Maine

Retaining Wall with Steps, Falmouth, Maine

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