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Old 07-24-2011, 09:43 PM  
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I love stone walls, if for no other reason than the sheer beauty!
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:45 PM  
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These are all from my neighborhood
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:47 PM  
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You'd love my rock furniture Alex!
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:50 PM  
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The "dry stack" walls have always intrigued me. That must take one hell of a craftsman to accomplish!
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You'd love my rock furniture Alex!
I can rock to that!
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The "dry stack" walls have always intrigued me. That must take one hell of a craftsman to accomplish!
Yup. Those are the nicest by far. Think Rubik's Cube.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:39 AM  
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I absolutely love stone homes! Not only are they gorgeous and very natural looking, but you can often build them for very cheap just with rock that local businesses want to get off of their land!

Anyone know anyone who has built their own stone home? I've often thought about doing it, but am scared to make the jump!
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:29 AM  
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Your neighborhood is blessed having such fine walls. None here in the valley but PA was rich in walls.


Behind the sign is the old Luden cough drop mansion converted into a Catholic H.S.



During the Depression the WPA and the CCC built a 3 mile long wall along the crest of Mt. Penn above Reading, PA. My H.S. was at the base of the mountain so each day I drove the Duryea course and reaching the wall was my finish line.
The men who built that wall were poor but their craftsmanship was was evident. The wall taught me about taking pride in my work no matter the pay or the job. I miss that wall.



?Mending Wall?
: Frost

Something there is that doesn?t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
?Stay where you are until our backs are turned!?
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of outdoor game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, ?Good fences make good neighbors.?
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
?Why do they make good neighbors? Isn?t it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I?d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn?t love a wall,
That wants it down.? I could say ?Elves? to him,
But it?s not elves exactly, and I?d rather
He said it for himself. I see him there,
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father?s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, ?Good fences make good neighbors.?


Frank Duryea was a car maker and race car driver. The Duryea Hill Climb was his test track and later the race course.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:56 PM  
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I absolutely love stone homes! Not only are they gorgeous and very natural looking, but you can often build them for very cheap just with rock that local businesses want to get off of their land!

Anyone know anyone who has built their own stone home? I've often thought about doing it, but am scared to make the jump!
My wife's uncle build a sprawling stone bungalow out in the woods many years ago with native rock that he blasted out of a cliffside.

The challenge up here is keeping a stone building warm in the winter. I only have a few pictures of the place. That was one of the nicest and coziest houses I have ever been in. Sadly, it is no more.
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