Stonework: Techniques and Projects

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Discover the lasting satisfaction of working with stone. Master stonemason Charles McRaven covers everything you need to know about working with different types of stone to create a variety of durable and elegant features. Clear enough for the beginning stonemason, this guide includes a thorough overview of the proper techniques for handling, cutting, and shaping stone. With illustrated instructions for 22 projects that include garden paths, walls, seats, waterfalls, and even a bridge, you’ll soon be confidently crafting your own inspired stone creations.


McRaven helps even first-time builders comprehend the intricacies of working with different stone types; choosing the most suitable stone; handling, cutting, and shaping stone; working with recycled stone; and using stone inside the home.

Stonework presents complete, fully illustrated instructions for:

  • Using stone for gardens, paths, pools, and waterfalls
  • Building walls, from simple to serpentine
  • Making gateways, pillars, and doorways
  • Using large stones as wall and landscape accents
  • Installing stone steps for porches and entries
  • Creating retaining walls
  • Building bridges and walkways

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    General. All trail types are relevant.

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