Dry Laid Stone Masonry – Going the Extra Step Toward Excellence


dry laid stone is split to fit in Asheville nc
Feathers and wedges used for splitting stone

Few dry laid stone masons take the time to split their rock – many just stack what they have in the best way they can.  Splitting rock allows the mason to custom fit each piece, maximizing contact between surfaces and strengthening the entire wall.  To cleanly split the rock into the desired shape, the  stone mason hammers in a series of iron pegs, or V-shaped flexible points into which are hammered pegs (feathers and wedges), along the desired “fault line”.  Making use of the natural composition and form of the rock helps the process.  The resulting dry laid stone wall is not only stronger and more durable, but is more attractive in every way.