We enjoy visiting Cheryl's Uncle Harry's place in New York's
1000 Islands region.
I like to have a project to accomplish while I am there. This year (July 2003) my goal
was to build my first stone wall. I was making pretty good progress, but I didn't get it
completed due to our visit being cut short by a serious health issue with a
very close friend. This picture shows most of where I got to. The final
condition before we left in a bit of a hurry without any later photos is
approximately level with the height on the left side. I am making the wall
about 18 inches thick to allow it to withstand the nasty NY/Canadian winters.
Thankfully, it didn't need a deep footer below the frost line since I was able
to dig down to the solid base rock that forms the entire point. I cleaned
this rock surface off and cemented my first coarse directly to it. It
needs about 6-8 more inches of height and then the cap. Hopefully I can
make it back up again soon to finish it up.
Through this project, I have found that stone masonry is actually somewhat
enjoyable...back breaking, but you can immediately see the results of your
Sept 14th finished! See the two small solar nite-lites inserted in the