Sunday, July 30, 2017

2017 Spring / Summer - Projects Pics

Stone Projects of Spring - Summer 2017

The year has been full of all kinds of fun unique projects keeping me on my toes. So much I haven't taken the time to share with everyone what I've been up too. I felt one blog would be a great start to show how the year has been going. Some of my high lights for me were working with the DEWA National Park Service again on a historic wall rebuild in Delaware Water Gap PA. Along with the first chance to build with a new Mountain stone from my Amish buddy Mark P. from PA. The Tuscarora Mountain Stone has a very rustic look giving a beautiful weathered appearance. I'm excited to have this exclusive product to build with. This type of product is the highest sold patter for thin veneer on new home builds in our area. 

July/August 2017, Sparks - Glencoe, Blue Stone path makeover / resetting, New Blue stone steps to doors with patio landing and granite cobble stones. 

Before Makeover

Before Makeover, Blue stone filled with river gravel. Note to self never do this! What a pain to rake out of dirt.

New Blue Stone Steps with repurposed blue stone steppers and cobbles to make a beautiful new landing to enter the side door used as the primary door. 

Before Makeover

June/July 2017, Mount Airy  - Tuscarora Mountain Stone PA(exclusive) New Retaining Wall


June/July 2017, Delaware Water Gap  PA - Childs Park, Retaining Wall Rebuild, Training - National Park Service


May/June 2017,  Falls Rd - Cockeysville MD, Preatyboy Schist with local stone, Retaining Wall, Blue Mount #57 gravel walkway

Before makeover


March/April 2017, Woodbine MD, Makeover calibration w/Andy McEvoy.  Butler - Merritsville Stone, w/ PA Blue Stone Flag stone, Blue Stone steppers and edging, repurposed brick edging, Patio, Steps, Retaining Wall

After makeover

Before makeover

Friday, June 16, 2017

DIY How To Build & Install Single Sided Wall Frame - Dry Stone Retaining Walls

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Learning how to build and install a wall frame will act as a guide. Which in turn will save you time and money when building projects. The method I show is a very simple and easy way to understand the concept behind the most commonly build dry laid stone structures in the US a retaining wall.

There are several different styles and methods to building a wall frame. This is the one which I find works the best for me.

Recap - A 1:6 Batter is a very common batter. For every 6" up the wall comes in 1".

Height of wall (36") -:- by batter (6) = 6", other examples 48" -:- 5 (1:5 batter) = 9.6"

Step 1)
- Square
- Level or straightedge
- Tape measure
- Marking device (shown is chalk pencil found in welding section home improvement store)
-Screw gun or screw driver

Step 2
- Wire cutters
- Rebar (+ safety cap or a water bottle works well)
- Level small
- Hammer

- Screws
- Wood = 1"x4" or 2"x4" I prefer the 1x4 since you can easily hammer a the rod next to it. Plus wrap the wire and tie strings to them.
- Wire, found in home improvement store in rebar section with concrete forming supplies.
- String line
- Binder Clips ("spring clips") Medium works well on the rebar rods.

How to tie a string line

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jobsite Staging, Planning and Management

I've created a video to help others consider key elements regarding jobsite management. When you first start in the trades it can take years and years to learn. I like to help others get a head start. Which is why I blog. Enjoy.

While each jobsite various this is just a start. Please feel free to comment regarding other considerations. Not mentioned are wildlife, plantings overhead power lines, to name a few more.

Friday, April 28, 2017

WOW Women Only Workshop ~ Kim Coggin April 22-23 2017

DSWA Certified Kim Coggin along with the assistance of Lisa Tuzo Rocked out an incredible all women's workshop at the Rockin Walls Training Center April 22-23 2017. Eight women participated from VA, PA and Maryland.

The 2 day workshop covered the key fundamentals of building a freestanding dry laid stone wall. Including severally differently styles of copes and caps stones to finish off the top. The workshop also covered some basics on stone shaping with tools, use of a portable stone splitter, different types of stone and so much more. Aside from the rain on Saturday to put a damper on the excitement. Sunday turned out to be a rockstar of sun in the fun with stone. What a great job everyone did to learn the proper methods Dry Laid Stone Craft. The photos below say it all! 

Thank you to Kim and Jerry Coggin, Lisa Tuzo and Teresa Perrera. 

Contact if you'd like to be added to our workshop email list. Next workshops will take place in Fall 2017

Read what the Carroll County Times had to say along with a great little video. 

The Start of something incredible!