CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

June 6, 2013

New England's Stone Walls


Carriage Towne News

---- — EAST KINGSTON —The Friends of the East Kingston Public Library will host Kevin Gardner, an expert on New England’s stone walls, Sun., June 9, 2:00 p.m. at the East Kingston Public Library, 47 Maplevale Road, East Kingston.

Kevin’s informal talk will cover how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. He will discuss history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics including differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, restoration tips and techniques, with information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. Most interestingly, Gardner shows up to his talks with several five-gallon buckets full of rocks. By the end, he has built a stone wall on the table in front of him. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.

Gardner is a New Hampshire native who has been building stone walls for nearly forty years and has written a book titled “The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls.”

This program is free and open to the public.