This delightful, practical book is worth buying just for the first page of the introduction which is as simple, wise, and true as anything I have ever read -- about walls or about life. The book contains good, solid advice about technique and safety, and provides support for the right way of thinking and planning when you are about to build something that might stand for centuries.
A reader from San Rafael, CA
Building Stone Walls, as a book, works very well. The writing, typography, design, and illustration all support one another like well-chosen stones, and the result is pleasing: a simple, wonderful book. Even if you have no plans to build a stone wall, the book is worth reading because you can't help but share the author's enthusiasm as he describes the permanence of stone walls, talks about different kinds of stone, discusses tools and techniques, explains footings and drainage, provides advice for working with not-so-good stone, and shares myriad other pearls of wisdom. And, if you are planning on building a stone wall, or just have a fondness for stone, then by all means add this book to your library.
Thomas Moertel from Pennsylvania
Believe it or not, I read this book from the library of a house we rented in Kilcrohane, Ireland - we have always wanted to build stone walls and this book was an inspiration to begin in earnest. We live in Florida but that doesn't mean we can't have a beautiful stone wall like we saw in Ireland, or like they have in New England.
A reader from Hudson, Florida
This book concentrates on dry stone walls, even though the title does not specifically say this. Although the book does mention mortar stone walls, minimal detail and description is provided.
Brian Phillips from Springfield, PA