Monday, October 18, 2010

The Process

I’ve been promising a few pictures of our actual stone laying process for a while now, and haven’t delivered. We are getting closer and closer to completion, so I figured I better snap a few.

Set the rocks.

Sand to a depth of about 1 inch. Poke holes in the sand marking the joints.

Cover with concrete.

The next set of rocks ideally covers the previous joints, using what masons call the “two over one, one over two” technique. Just like bricks.

We're living on borrowed time in our ND, fall climate - but we're getting close to being done with masonry work. More about that next time.


  1. Yes, I feel the summer was too short and I keep wishing I could stretch it out a little longer. That cold air is a reality though. Thanks for sharing the process.

  2. Is the 1" of sand just temporary? I'm guessing you wash it off after the forms are removed - and then you mortar between the rocks?